Berlin: Verlag der Itten-Schule, 1930. First limited edition. Hardcover. 70/300. Number entered in blue. Oblong Folio (15 x 20"). Preliminary leaf, 112 (2)pp. Original bolted quarter tan over blue cloth-covered boards with white lettering on cover. Japanese style double pages. Written and drawn by Johannes Itten, published in 30 luxury and 300 regular editions. This is No. 70 of the regular edition. Missing thirteen tipped-in plates (pp. 11, 14, 15, 30, 33, 54 (2), 55, 57(2), 58(3) and three color scales cut out on pages 77 (7 1/2 x 6") and and 82 (14 1/2 x 2"), with triangle (3 1/2 x 2") at bottom illustration torn off of a five image strip elaborating on the treatment of space in painting (p. 110). Text and all drawings fully intact with 98 of 114 plates, five of them color offset reproductions, two lithographs (Simultan Wirkung).
The text was handwritten by Itten himself and then lithographed, published by the Itten-Schule and bound by Ernst Bergelt. Contains hundreds of lithographed drawings and tipped-in plates of art reproductions, including lithographed color plates in this publication by Johannes Itten presenting his color teachings, developed since his Bauhaus years from 1919–1923. Its considered to be one of the key art theory publications of the classical modernity. Based on the elementary forms and its characters, Itten presents a comprehensive volume, elaborating on various aspects of visual arts, e.g. light and dark contrast, proportions, the Golden Section, expressive forms, form contrasts, design of moving objects, landscape studies, the study of the head, nude painting, and design of space in painting.
Text in German. Binding faded, with lettering on cover chipped, with some chips and staining, mostly on front cover. Both, front and back separated but present. Some foxing on spine. Free endpapers creased vertically, light staining on front free endpaper at upper right corner. Some foxing on first and last few pages, else with light foxing, mostly in margins. Missing plates and cutouts listed above. Four inch closed tear at top of foredge on page 13, affecting drawing but image fully rendered. Few tissue guards missing, some with chips and creasing, or loose. Binding in overall poor, interior in good- to very good condition. poor to vg. Item #45736
Johannes Itten (1888–1967) was one of those universal talents who made a name for himself in various disciplines, painting, drawing, color theory, design and architecture. He taught at the Bauhaus from 1919–1923 and was a major influence during the early years of the school. He was a follower of Mazdaznan, a neo-Zoroastrian religion, which created conflicts with Walter Gropius and eventually led to Itten's departure from the Bauhaus. From 1926–1934 he led a small art and architecture school in Berlin. His studies of color palettes and the interaction of color directly influenced the Op Art movement.