Itten: Intention


Unless our color names correspond to precise ideas, no useful discussion of colors is possible. I must see my twelve tones as precisely as a musician hears the twelve tones of his chromatic scale. Delacroix kept a color circle mounted on a wall of his studio, each color labeled with possible combinations. The Impressionists, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Signac, Seurat, and others, esteemed Delacroix as an eminent colorist. Delacroix, rather than Cezanne, is the founder of the tendency, among modern artists, to construct works upon logical, objective color principles, so achieving a heightened degree of order and truth. — Johannes Itten, The Elements of Color (1961)

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