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1928

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Book, Die Farbenfibel (The Color Primer), 1928

This is a Book. It was published by Verlag Unesma GmBH.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It has been able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries.

It is dated 1928.

Chemist and Nobel Prize winner Wilhelm Ostwald was influenced by Ewald Herring’s opponent color theory, and based his color model on red/green and yellow/blue opponent pairs. Inspired by Munsell, he used bi-colored spinning disks to “scientifically” calculate intermediate steps, but of course the measurements were still based on his subjective perception.

It is credited Gift of Walter C. Granville, Smithsonian Libraries, ND1493 .O85 1928.

  • Book, 1915
  • H x W (open): 29.2 × 66 cm (11 1/2 in. × 26 in.).
  • Gift of Walter Granville, Smithsonian Libraries, ND1492 .M96a.
  • 92.2016.33

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Its dimensions are

H x W (open): 22.5 × 33.5 cm (8 7/8 × 13 3/16 in.)

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