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From 2008 through 2013 Johannes led an extracurricular seminar in the Circle of Scholars at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. As usual, every year and for every presentation he prepared full teaching notes and copious slides and handouts. In the middle years, from 2010 through 2013, he started these Letters underlying the seminars: "As I thought about my own work as an artist and my eyesight weakened, I ventured to write down my understanding of Visual Art, and decided to write the essays as personal letters to my fellow artist."
Johannes often said this would provide the needed supplement for his other major book, The Formulation of a Graphic Language, which studies the pictorial perception of lines, shapes, and forms, illustrated in black and white only. This book expresses his lifelong interest in Color and Composition.
Before losing his eyesight, Johannes' handwritten script was more perfect. Here it is at least readable, and he desired to keep his handmade book as it was sent to his friend, Val Hall.
color, art, composition, visual art, form, shape, line
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von Gumppenberg, Johannes H. and von Gumppenberg, Janet, "Color and Composition: Twelve Letters to Val Hall" (2021). Johannes von Gumppenberg Books. 9.