A Phenomenological Approach to Color Theory and Aesthetics

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This paper proposes to investigate color theory and aesthtics from a phenomenological point of view, that is, from the point of view of the lived experience. Two angles of study are suggested: one is from the point of view of the artist creating a piece, the other is from the point of view of the audience receiving the work. In each case, it is possible to interrogate the lived experience in order to find some cues about the aesthetic components that contribute to this lived experience, in particular as they relate to color. A tool, the explicitation interview, is proposed as a mean to conduct such investigation.


This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article presented at the International Colour Association (AIC) conference in 2022. This article may not exactly replicate the final published version. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at https://aic-color.org/resources/Documents/AIC2022-Conference_Proceedings.pdf


International Colour Association (AIC)