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The modern period: art

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The chapter on color in art in the modern period is part of the final volume in a six-volume series, The Cultural History of Colour, in which each volume has the same chapter structure. The 60 chapter authors are drawn from all over the globe. The series is designed to provide an account of colour in across all aspects of humankind’s experience, from the sciences to the arts, from Antiquity to the Modern Age. This chapter deals with art in the modern age. It takes a new approach to accounting for the different manifestations of colour in art during the period from 1920 to 2015. I identify three approaches to color in the modern period: color as significant form, color as an expressive tool, or color as a fundamental conceptual component of art. The period also saw the introduction of new materials and new tools to transmit color images. These and the implications of the digital revolution on color use and perception are discussed. Series Editors are Carole Biggam and Kirsten Wolf. Editors for the Modern Period volume are Sarah Street and Anders Steinval.