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1953

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Book, Hesselgren's Colour Atlas: Colour Manual, 1953

This is a Book. It was written by Sven Hesselgren and published by T. Palmer AB.

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 1953. Its medium is offset lithograph with collage on paper.

Sven Hesselgren theorized that we have greater color acuity for certain hues—that we are able to distinguish more shades of red or yellow than green. The spacing of the colors on his wheel reflects our relative ability to perceive different colors.

It is credited Gift of Dorothy Nickerson, Smithsonian Libraries, QC495.2 .H58.

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Its dimensions are

H x W (open): 19 × 48 cm (7 1/2 × 18 7/8 in.)

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

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