josef.albers.interaction of color


Back in the ’50s, Artist Joseph Albers used to teach Yalies about art. But it’s not until after he retired that he wrote one of the most influential books on one of art’s more complex building blocks (color), called : Interaction of Color. Albers’ approach to color was aimed at understanding how different hues work with or play against each other to trick our brains into seeing optical phenomena. It’s pretty philosophical stuff, but super relevant to modern-day visual artists.


Now, Yale University Press has created an Interaction of Color app based on Albers’ seminal book. Along with the text from the original book, it features blank slates and swatches to play with, and to better understand how color combinations influence our perception.

Albers once said,”In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is – as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.” Now, anyone interested in art, fashion, or creating anyithing visual, can become a master at combining colors for specific desired effects–all for the price of a movie ticket.



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