Grayscale reproductions in art books
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My question pertains to works originally printed in black and white, many of which were painted in values of gray. They 5 images on the blog post were all originally PRINTED as halftones. I can't be 100% for any but the Pyle piece that they were not painted in color, so let's use the Pyle piece as an example.
Would it be of interest to you to see THAT PIECE, in grayscale, in a book that might otherwise be all color? (Or would you rather see a different color piece?)
Are you more likely to pass a grayscale image on a page, or does it have just as much value to you as a color image?
What is a gray image worth in comparison to a color image?
But...color does catch the eye more and, when done well, it does add that extra element...
That said, I never felt anything was missing when I bought books on Joseph Clement Coll, Frederick Gruger or Franklin Booth.
So....if the artist is a painter known for color work, I'd like to see most of the work in color, but if he/she did black and white work and preliminary drawings, I'd like to see those too.
not to mention the unreliability of color reproduction
I understand that critics who have viewed the original artork (by Wyeth and others) intended for magazine publication have commented on the 'broad brush' approach of the illustrators, with a general lack of subtlety and finesse in the execution.