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Albert Munsell and the Munsell Color System


Albert Munsell, color theorist and inventor of the Munsell Color System a century ago, pioneered the way we understand color theory today. Munsell developed a logical method in training the eye to view color, mapping the whole of color space into three dimensions: Hue, Value and Chroma. The theme for our artwork is: A measured training of the color sense. In the early 1900s, common color education suggested that children need bright colors to excite their interest. Albert Munsell sought to calibrate the child's unbalanced responses to its chromatic and chaotic environment. Using our knowledge of Color Space along with color-matching software developed at X-Rite Inc, Munsell's vision of organized color chaos is being put to canvas. On the canvas is a looming wave of color, turbulent and out of control at first glance, triggering our primitive impulses. But at second glance, the viewer's mind and body are reassured by the systematic and logical organization of hue, value and chroma.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3 inches
  • Medium: Munsell Color Chips
  • Width: 8 feet
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 4.75 feet

About Munsell

The artists working on this piece are members of the Munsell Color team. The teams members are a diverse group of painters, writers, and stage directors including two graduates of GVSU's Art & Design program and KCAD's Art program. All team members are residents of Grand Rapids, MI. and have either participated or volunteered in past ArtPrize competitions.