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Transchromie, 1965
The Transchromie (1965) focuses on how color is affected by subtraction. When superimposing a structure consisting of colored transparent strips placed at varying distances and in a specific order, subtractive combinations are achieved that change according to the displacement of the viewer, the intensity of the light, and the surrounding colors.

Because of their transparency, the strips of color allow us to observe the surrounding environment, as it is modified by the phenomenon of subtraction. The reading of the colored transparent support, with its reflected or translucent images, stimulates visual access to ambiguous spaces.


The spectator is the one who, through his wandering, chooses among the angles of view the combination of subtractions he desires. The work exists less in itself than as a dialogue with the surrounding reality, captured by transparency.

Jean Clay Carlos Cruz-Diez et les trois étapes de la couleur moderne, Jean Clay, 1969

Work selection

Environnement de Transchromie Circulaire
Environnement de Transchromie Circulaire

Environnement de Transchromie Circulaire

Paris, 2017

FIAC Paris, Hors les Murs, Place de la Concorde, Paris, France, 2017

2,1 x 5 m

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Transchromie mécanique aléatoire

Paris, 1965/2010

218 x 60 cm



Labyrinthe de Transchromies

Labyrinthe de Transchromies

Paris, 1969

Exhibition “Cruz-Diez. Cinq propositions sur la couleur”, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France, 1969

220 x 40 x 20 cm

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Labyrinthe de Transchromie Bruxelles

Paris, 1965/2019

“La Biennale Paris”, Grand Palais, Paris, France, 2019

2,45 x 14,64 m 

Collection of the Centre Pompidou


Laberinto de Transcromías

Laberinto de Transcromías

Caracas, 1981

Exhibition “Cruz-Diez. Didáctica y dialéctica del color. Intervenciones en la arquitectura. Inducciones cromáticas”

Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art, Venezuela, 1981

Transchromie mécanique

Transchromie mécanique

Paris, 1975

Exhibition "Grands et jeunes d’aujourd’hui", Grand Palais, Paris, France, 1975

2 x 4,3 m

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