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date: 18 November 2019


The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

Michael Clarke

Created by the reactions of the human eye to certain properties possessed by an object when it reflects or emits light. More technically, colour is determined by ocular interpretation of electromagnetic waves. When the full range of the detectable spectrum is present the colour white is produced; all other colours—red, blue, yellow, etc.—are the result of the omission of the wavelengths specific to that particular colour. In art, the substances used to produce coloured paint can be naturally occurring—vegetable or animal dyes, or minerals—or they can be synthesized chemically. The three ... ...

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