“Color Problems” by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel

Introduction Essay:

“To Capture the Music of Light”

by Alan Bruton, 2018


Book Publication & Exhibition Development

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In developing curriculum on color studies in 2010, an inspiring and little known body of existing work emerged.


Alan Bruton contributed the introduction essay to the first reprinting of the 1902 book “Color Problems, a Practical Guide to the Lay Student of Color” by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel.


The introduction provides contemporary context in art and design for Vanderpoel’s work.


An exhibition about the life, subject matter, means of production and produced works of this remarkable early design thinker and proto-abstractionist,  is being prepared for exhibition.


To read the essay:

To Capture the Music of Light


To order the book in hardcover or paperback, follow this link to Sacred Bones:

Color Problems


or to Circadian Press:

Color Problems


For the New York Times article by Julie Lasky about the re-publication of the book:

New Life for a 1902 Color Manual


For the GoodReads Article:

Color Problems: An Exciting New Reissue Revises Color Theory & Design History


For the PrintMag Article:

Color Problems: An Exciting New Reissue Revises Color Theory & Design History


For the HyperAllergic Article:

Revisiting Emily Vanderpoel’s Color Theory Book 117 Years After Its First Release


The original Kickstarter page and its videos are very informative.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1521679602/color-problems-a-book-by-emily-noyes-vanderpoel?ref=discovery&term=color%20problems



Many thanks to the archivists, conservators, and librarians who continue to contribute to the scholarship of Vanderpoel, The Litchfield Historical Society, the Norwich Slater Museum, and to editor Keegan Mills Cooke for the invitation to contribute my research to this project.

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The Book

Introduction Text Tucked into the Back Cover

Introduction Text Holds the Book’s Viewing Devices

Photo of Emily Vanderpoel

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