Theory of Colors

GoetheFarbkreisWhen the eye sees a colour it is immediately excited and it is its nature, spontaneously and of necessity, at once to produce another, which with the original colour, comprehends the whole chromatic scale. — Goethe

Philosophers have come to understand the distinction between the optical spectrum, as observed by Newton, and the phenomenon of human colour perception as presented by Goethe.

Yellow is a light which has been dampened by darkness; Blue is a darkness weakened by light.
—Goethe

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  1. […] Theory of Colors. […]

  2. thank you for this
    its amazing how something I know, from years ago, can still thrill and startle me anew when I see it again
    must go out to my studio and paint
    I hope it is ok to reblog – I’m new at this!


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