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359 Discovered works of art
The secret of artistic color compositions could also be described as the alchemy of the fine arts.

The color theory is based on only three basic, scientifically describable properties of color. Every work of art, so the assumption, must necessarily be described by these color properties and be traced back to them.

How is it then possible that some color compositions achieve such an artistic effect?
Color is described by the hue with the color temperature, the color value and its degree of saturation. The viewer associates warm colors like red, orange and yellow with the light of summer and open fire. Cold colors like blue and green are associated with the cold of ice, snow, the sky or water. The value of the color determines its relative position on a color scale from black to white. Saturation describes the purity and intensity of the color.

Color compositions of high artistic quality succeed in bringing these qualities of color into an energetic, harmonious balance, which is both dynamic and stable. They create a harmonious combination of these three color properties and make the observer the quiescent center in which the actual happenings take place - the sensually moving perceptual experience.

Since the scientific color teachings of Isaac Newton (1665) and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1810), visual artists have repeatedly developed their own color theories. Wassily Kandinsky described the effect of color in opposites, through the interplay of which creates an exciting dynamic. Paul Klee studied how shapes, lines, and the "moving point" affect color life. The result of the theoretical preliminary work and analyzes are directly perceptible masterpieces such as Paul Klee's "Raumarchitekturen" of 1915, "Bergdorf" of 1934 or also the "compositions" of Kandinsky. Modern artists like Alex Caminker and Lou Gibbs are color composers in the tradition of these masters.

Raumarchitekturen (auf Kalt-Warm...
1915 | watercolour on paper

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Raumarchitekturen (auf Kalt-Warm...
1915 | watercolour on paper

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1934 | oil on primed canvas on wooden panel

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1934 | oil on primed canvas on wooden panel

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1915 | watercolour on paper

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1915 | watercolour on paper

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0 | oil and shellac on gesso on panel

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0 | oil and shellac on gesso on panel

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Rhythmus der Baume, 1914 (waterc...
1914 | watercolour

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Rhythmus der Baume, 1914 (waterc...
1914 | watercolour

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Zen-scape
1997 | watercolour on paper

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Zen-scape
1997 | watercolour on paper

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Alchemy, 1991 (acrylic und gouac...
1991 | acrylic & gouache/board

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Alchemy, 1991 (acrylic und gouac...
1991 | acrylic & gouache/board

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1923 | watercolour and pencil on paper on cardboard

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1923 | watercolour and pencil on paper on cardboard

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2000 | oil and shellac on gesso on wood panel

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2000 | oil and shellac on gesso on wood panel

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Ort Am Kanal
0 | watercolour on paper

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Ort Am Kanal
0 | watercolour on paper

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2002 | oil and shellac on gesso on wood panel

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2002 | oil and shellac on gesso on wood panel

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Abstract Garden Twilight, 1914 (...
1914 | pen and ink and watercolour on paper

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Abstract Garden Twilight, 1914 (...
1914 | pen and ink and watercolour on paper

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2004 | oil and shellac on gesso on panel

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2004 | oil and shellac on gesso on panel

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2014 | acrylic on board

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2014 | acrylic on board

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1929 | watercolour on paper laid down by the artist on board

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1929 | watercolour on paper laid down by the artist on board

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2014 | acrylic on board

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2014 | acrylic on board

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2014 | acrylic on board

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2014 | acrylic on board

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2014 | acrylic on board

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2014 | acrylic on board

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Dionysian Splendor, 1990, (acryl...
1990 | acrylic & gouache on board

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Dionysian Splendor, 1990, (acryl...
1990 | acrylic & gouache on board

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2013 | oil on aluminium

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2013 | oil on aluminium

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Prelude to Golgotha, 1926 (wc, p...
1926 | watercolour, pen & ink on paper mounted on board)

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Prelude to Golgotha, 1926 (wc, p...
1926 | watercolour, pen & ink on paper mounted on board)

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2001 | oil and shellac on gesso on panel

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2001 | oil and shellac on gesso on panel

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Dimensional Horizons, 1989 (acry...
1989 | acrylic & ink on board

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Dimensional Horizons, 1989 (acry...
1989 | acrylic & ink on board

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2011 | oil on linen

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2011 | oil on linen

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Poet's Garden
2007 | oil on linen

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Poet's Garden
2007 | oil on linen

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0 | oil and shellac on gesso on panel

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0 | oil and shellac on gesso on panel

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2012 | oil on linen

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2012 | oil on linen

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Open Mountain, 1914 (wc, pen und...
1914 | watercolour, pen and ink on paper

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Open Mountain, 1914 (wc, pen und...
1914 | watercolour, pen and ink on paper

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