Arthur Pope

The system is based on three basic colours, red, green and blue, and thus creates 12 main colours, arranging them in a pleasing colour-solid of varying triangles which allows for differences in intensity and saturation. This may be an appropriate point to review the experimental evidence for Hering’s four-colour theory, just as we have done with the Young-Helmholtz trichromatic theory and the «on-centre» and «off-centre» nerve-cells. (Detailed text)


Date: American colour-theorist Arthur Pope put forward his colour-solid for practical use in 1929.

Country of origin: USA

Basic colours: Red, yellow and blue

Form: Colour-solid formed by triangles; modified double-cube

Related systems: SowerbyHayterHelmholtzOstwaldBoringLuther & NybergJohanssonHesselgrenN.C.S.

Bibliography: A. Pope, «Tone relations in painting», Cambridge 1922; A. Pope, «An introduction to the language of drawing and painting», Cambridge 1929; A. Pope, «The Painter’s Terms», Cambridge 1929.