Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Johannes Itten

i'm rereading a book called 'the elements of color', a shorten version of 'the art of color' published in germany in 1961.  itten devoted his life to fine arts, mostly exploring color and the different things color can do.  he was a master at the bauhaus school.  he also was into mysticism which is where he gained his inspiration for his work.  if you know of this man, this is probably how you know of him:

the color wheel.  by the time your out of high school if you have an interest in art you are familiar with the color wheel.  well itten is the one who, not invented it, but built on it tremendously.   so i'm reading his book and came upon a couple interesting quotes, i thought i'd share them with you...

"doctrines and theories are best for weaker moments.  in moments of strength, problems are solved intuitively, as if of themselves."

"only those who love color are admitted to its beauty and immanent presence. It affords utility to all, but unveils its deeper mysteries only to its devotees."

these were my favorite.

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