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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


Terms to Know
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.

Complementary Colors

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

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.

Simultaneous Contrast

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

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.