In Johannes Itten’s “Kunst der Farbe,” blue enjoys a bright, cheerful relationship with yellow, but might turn gloomy and dull if paired with another color. Itten (1888 – 1967) created a color wheel that classified how adjacent colors affect each other, and included the psychological, physical and emotional effects of colors. While teaching at the Bauhaus (Germany’s artistic mecca), Itten produced “The Art of Color,” which became the school’s definitive textbook. Itten’s revolutionary color theories still influence today’s cosmetologists, artists and designers.
When Johannes Itten (1888- 1967) took the color wheel out for a spin, he revolutionized the world’s perception of color. Itten radically updated the existing color wheel by classifying how adjacent colors affect each other; categorizing color’s physical, psychological and emotional impact; and adding seven contrasts. While teaching at Germany’s Bauhaus, Itten created the breakthrough book, “The Art of Color,” which became the school’s educational staple. Itten’s insightful color theories still influence today’s cosmetologists, artists and designers.