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Couleur additive, 1959
The Couleur Additive series (1959) are based on the radiation of color. When one plane color touches another, a darker vertical line appears at the point of contact. This virtual line in fact contributes a third color that is not in the support. By isolating this optical phenomenon, Cruz-Diez obtains the so-called “Chromatic Event Modules” responsible, in a way, of the continual transformation of color.

Jaune Additif

The first work of the series Couleur Additive was the Jaune Additif, which arose from the studies that Cruz-Diez started in 1953 on the theories and polemics between Isaac Newton (1642–1727) and Johann Goethe (1749–1832). He also studied those of James Maxwell (1831–1879), Eugène Chevreul (1786–1889), Josef Albers (1888–1976) and Johannes Itten (1888–1967). In addition, he reviewed the experiences of James Maxwell (1831–1879) and his definition of light, and Louis Ducos de Hauron (1837–1920) and his subtractive theory. However, it was the experiences of Edwin Land (1909–1991), inventor of the Polaroid camera, which impressed him the most.

 

Imagine a Bonnard in space. The colors detach themselves from the background and come to the foreground of the picture - then, and this is the important thing - they are constantly recreated, revitalized by the intensity and the force of the luminous setting.

Christine Duparc Le Nouvel Observateur, edition of April 21, 1969

Work selection

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Color Aditivo Serie Betzaida 2

Panama, 2011

60 x 60 cm

Couleur Additive Série Carlitos Cercles

Couleur Additive Série Carlitos Cercles

Paris, 2000

50 x 50 cm

Couleur Additive Pegaso

Couleur Additive Pegaso

Paris, 2018

100 x 150 cm

Couleur Additive 76

Couleur Additive 76

Paris, 1974

66 x 66 cm

Amarillo Aditivo Doble Triángulo

Amarillo Aditivo Doble Triángulo

Caracas, 1959-2005

40 x 40 cm

Amarillo Aditivo

Amarillo Aditivo

Paris, 1959

29 x 40 cm

Couleur Additive N°1, Edition Denise RenéCouleur Additive N°1, Edition Denise René

Couleur Additive N°1, Edition Denise René

Paris, 1970

60 x 60 cm

Couleur Additive N°1, Edition Denise René

Couleur Additive N°1, Edition Denise René

Paris, 1970

60 x 60 cm

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