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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
This is a comprehensive introduction to working with colour in interior
settings. Part I is a history of interiors from the point of view of their
colour systems. It spans a breadth of periods and locations, from prehistory
through to the Renaissance in Italy and Greece; the 16th-18th Centuries in
France, England, and America; and on, to the 19th Century and beyond. Among the
most notable interiors which are covered are Fresco of Elegant Ladies from the
Palace of Knossos, Crete; The Black Wall from the Roman villa at Boscotrecase
near Pompeii; Le Corbusier's reflecting blue wall at the Villa Savoye; James
McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room, at the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.;
and lastly, The Tassell House, Brussels Part II is an easy-to-understand
outline of the basics of colour theory and its underlying science, including
optics, prisms, light physics, and colour wheels. It addresses such topics as
the symbolism and psychology of colour, as well as more practical matters of
pigments and dyes. Part III is a practical guide to the would-be decorator on
the use of colour to enhance interior settings and to create specific effects.
It has practical and easy to use advice on colour schemes as well as a
discussion on the ongoing nature of trends.