Old and New Volume 10

Old and New Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...do not think that local color will help you to express form; for local color flattens every thing. Second, don't be bound by a care much about what people say and write about "approaching" or "retiring" colors. Warm colors, reds and yellows, are said to express nearness; and cold ones, blues and grays, to express distance. Well, sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't: it depends on the subject in which they are used, and its associations. It is a good thing for you to know little practical dodges about the pigments; as, for example, that Venetian red is the best red to decorate a high vault or ceiling, because it "looks more distant" than other reds; but there is no workable rule about advancing and retiring colors. It is their quality (as depth, delicacy, &c.) which expresses distance, not their tint. Blue in a picture is a sign of distance, because mist and air are blue; and a warm color a long way off is often lost in blue mist, or modified in color by it. In the same way, quoth the Pan, brown may be called a retiring color, because, when stones are seen through brown water, the farther off they are the browner they look; and yellow may be a retiring color, because when objects are seen through a London fog, the farther they are off the yellower they look. Neither blue nor yellow nor red has any power of expressing either nearness or distance in itself. A blue gown in a haberdasher's shop does not look any farther off than a red gown; and a red cloud in an evening sky always looks farther off than a blue one, and so it is. So orange is a sign of nearness in an orange, because it is not so bright farther off: in a sunset cloud it is a sign of distance, because you don't get that bright color when vapor is...show more

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  • Paperback | 466 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 826g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236518330
  • 9781236518330