Theory of Colours by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Light & Colour (Goethe's Theory) by JMW Turner

CITATION:

“…Goethe’s scientific conclusions have, of course, long since been thoroughly demolished, but the intelligent reader of today may enjoy this work on quite different grounds: for the beauty and sweep of his conjectures regarding the connection between colour and philosophical ideas: for an insight into early nineteenth century beliefs and modes of thought; and for the flavour of life in Europe just after the American and French Revolutions. The book does not have to be studied to be appreciated. Goethe’s subjective theory of colours permits him to speak most persuasively of colour harmony and aesthetics. In some readers these notions will evoke a positive response on their merits. Others may regard them as pure fantasy, but savor the grace and style of their exposition…”

Published by The MIT press, ISBN: 0-262-57021-1, published in 1970 as a copyright.

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