All Is Leaf

Lucas Cranach the Elder (c. 1472 – 1553)


“To divide the united, to unite the divided, is the life of nature; this is the eternal systole and diastole, the eternal collapsion and expansion, the inspiration and expiration of the world in which we move.”
“I compare the earth and her atmosphere to a great living being perpetually inhaling and exhaling.”

 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)

 

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

Goethe defined color as “the deeds and sufferings of light”

River Shells

Die Geschichte der Flussconchylien : mit vorzüglicher Rücksicht auf diejenigen welche in den thüringischen Wassern leben
(The history of Flussconchylien: excellent with regard
to those who live in the waters of Thuringia.
google trans.)

Johann Samuel Schröter (1735-1808)