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Seurat believed one could, and his theory was based on scientific studies of
colour analysis and visual perception. Of these, the one that influenced him most
was The Law of Simultaneous Colour Contrast, 1839, by Eugene Chevreul.
By this means, colour could claim the liberty of thought itself. For younger artists,
this was a momentous permission. But they wanted to exercise it inside France,
and its natural theatre was the South. Colour was the sign of vitality, the emblem
"hear" colours and, conversely, "see" sounds. "In highly sensitive people,"
Kandinsky suggested, "the approach to the soul is so direct, the soul itself so
impressionable, that any impression of taste communicates itself directly to the
soul, and ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Wonderful pictures - some even full page! Nice overview of the last hundred years or so of art (through the 1980s) -- wow, and to think I've lived through about thirty years of this...(!). Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jcbrunner - LibraryThing
Coming late to the party, this tie-in to an early 1980s TV documentary series, I both like reading his poignant and wide-ranging introduction to 20th century art (that remains very wedded to the 19th ... Read full review