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Color Relationships

Color Relationships

Author: Maria Tucker

In this lesson you will learn about color relationships and how to define and recognize color interactions.

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Notes on "Color Relationships"


Image of Night Cafe, Public Domain


Image of Water Lilies, Public Domain

Image of Tom Petty Poster, Public Domain

Image of WWII Poster, Public Domain


Image of Color Wheel, Public Domain


Image of Grey Square, Public Domain


Image of Josef Albers, Public Domain

Image of Interaction of Color, Public Domain


  • Complementary Colors

    Two hues which sit directly opposite each other on the color wheel.

  • Split Complementary Colors

    A combination of three colors, consisting of a main hue and the two hues that sit on either side of its complement on the color wheel.

  • Analogous Color

    Hues which are next to each other on the color wheel; analogous colors on one side of the color wheel are considered warm and on the other, cool.

  • Simultaneous Contrast

    The effect two neighboring colors have on one another; this effect is contained in one of Albers' laws of interaction.

  • Josef Albers

    American artist, teacher and author of the "Interaction of Color"; he wrote one of the most important books on perception and the study of color theory.