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A Colour Notation By A H Munsell : In a Nutshell

An interesting conversation between me and my friend just after visiting an art gallery: Me: Why do you call this beautiful ?
Friend:  Colours are different.  With a pause he says, “ Colours are vibrant.” Me:  What do you mean by vibrant ? Friend:  I mean tone is nice. Me:  Tone ! Friend: Yes tone.  I mean the amplitude. Me:  Amplitude!! Friend:  Okay, the light of the colour. Me:  Oh, you mean to say Value of the colour. Friend:  No.  Quality of Colour. Me:  You mean Chroma of the colour? Friend:  Oof! I don’t know.  I have liked the colour.  I have liked the design.  That is it.  Period. He left angrily.  I was observing the rhythm, pattern, and scale of his anger.  All these are musical terms.  Actually, I was observing the value of red, yellow, or blue reflecting on his anger.  In this conversation we were discussing about colour using musical terms, but to interact correctly we need a different approach.


In our day to day life Colour is an integral part.  From Household to Professionals it ha…

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