Impressionists' Palettes of Light

Patricia Railing

The French Impressionist painters discovered new means for painting light - they used a "solar palette”, the pigments matched to the colors the eyes see. They are the colors of a ray of light. This little book reproduces palettes by 8 of the plein-air painters - Cézanne, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Seurat, Signac, and Van Gogh. It describes the
Date Published :
November 2018
Publisher :
Artists Bookworks
Language:
English
Illustration :
12 color plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9780946311002
Pages : 68
Dimensions : 8.5 X 6.5 inches
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Overview
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The French Impressionist painters discovered new means for painting light – they used a “solar palette”, the pigments matched to the colours the eyes see. They are the colours of a ray of light.

This little book reproduces palettes by several of the plein-air painters, describes the pigments they used, and includes short excerpts by the scientists whose work was the foundation of the new painting – complementary colors, optical mixing, and the pigment-color correspondences. It closes with color swatches of the pigments, provided by the London artists’ colormen, L. Cornelissen & Son. This book will be of interest to art historians, collectors, students, conservators, and museum-goers.

About The Author
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Patricia Railing (PhD, University of Paris ,Sorbonne, Philosophy of Art) is an art historian specialising in both the Russian Avant-Garde and the history of artists' pigments. She has compiled this collection, Colour Palettes, from treatises, 1st century B.C. to the 19th century, which culminates in the Documentary Dictionary of Historical Pigments. The series is complemented by a website, www.painterspalettes.net.

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