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The first illustration is a reproduction of a diagram by Itten showing his colour star, a 2-D representation of the colour sphere. The second illustration purports to be a translation of Itten’s diagram into English. But there’s a problem…
The colour names in this US
translation have been rearranged in a way that
distorts some significant information.
For example, red is made to appear to be the complementary of
In the original version this was not the case—zinnober
(vermilion) is shown as complementary to
cyanblau (cyan) , not grün (green).
In other words the diagram has been reworked to correspond to
a misleading and currently fashionable
instead of the original diagram.