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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Study of Color in Painting, Triadic and Munsell Color Wheels



I painted the above study to examine color in light. The first color wheel was based on three primary colors (triadic color wheel). French chemist, M. E. Chevreul established the theory of simultaneous contrast published in 1839 (complementary colors enhance each other) and the interaction of colors. The Impressionists and Post impressionists were influenced by Chevreul’s findings and used complements to enhance colors. Around 1936, American artist, Albert Munsell, created a color system based on hue, value and intensity. His color wheel used 5 primary colors. I have previously written on both color wheels. Most artists use the Munsell color wheel which has more accurate complements. In my above painting, I used a Munsell split complementary color scheme (green yellow, red purple, purple blue). (For more information, O. Ocvirk et al, Art Fundamentals Theory and Practice and prior posts)

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