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1927

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2018

2021

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Bookplate, Der Farbkörper (The Color Body), 1927

This is a bookplate. It was written by Wilhelm Ostwald.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries as part of Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

It is dated 1927. Its medium is letterpress with collage on paper.

These cross sections of Ostwald’s double cone model reveal his systematic mapping of three color qualities: hue, whiteness/blackness, and chromaticness or saturation. His numerous publications devoted to color harmony sparked much debate and inspired several related color systems.

It is credited Smithsonian Libraries, QC495 .O85 1927 quarto.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 22 × 32 cm (8 11/16 × 12 5/8 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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