Goethe's color theory
Theory of Colours (original German title Zur Farbenlehre) is a work by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe about the poet's views on the nature of colours and how these are perceived by humans. Published in 1810, it contains some of the earliest published descriptions of phenomena such as coloured shadows, refraction, and chromatic aberration.[citation needed]
The work originated in Goethe's occupation with painting and mainly exerted an influence onto the arts (Philipp Otto Runge, J. M. W. Turner, the Pre-Raphaelites, Wassily Kandinsky).
Although Goethe's work was rejected by physicists, a number of philosophers and physicists have concerned themselves with it, including Thomas Johann Seebeck, Arthur Schopenhauer (see: On Vision and Colors), Hermann von Helmholtz, Rudolf Steiner, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Werner Heisenberg, Kurt Gödel, and Mitchell Feigenbaum.
Goethe's book provides a catalogue of how colour is perceived in a wide variety of circumstances, and considers Isaac Newton's observations to be special cases. Unlike Newton, Goethe's concern was not so much with the analytic treatment of colour, as with the qualities of how phenomena are perceived. 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 — a subject analyzed at length by Wittgenstein in his exegesis of Goethe in Remarks on Colour.

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Goethe's Color Theory - Webexhibits
Until Johann Wolfgang von Goethe came along, no one had questioned the validity of Newton’s ideas about light and color. Goethe was both a writer and a scientist.
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Color Mixing and Goethe's Triangle. In this section we will look at Goethe's color triangle and its possibilities for investigating color mixing.
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Theory of Colours - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There is no experimentum crucis for Goethe's theory of colour. —Ludwig Wittgenstein, Remarks on Colour. It is hard to ...
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Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion | Brain Pickings
Aug 17, 2012 ... Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion. by Maria Popova. “Colour itself is a degree of darkness.” Color is an essential part of how we ...
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Goethe, Color Theory & Chaos - La Salle University
Goethe, Color Theory & Chaos. A set of links to accompany the presentation to the students of CEES. Richard A. DiDio, La Salle University, May 2003. Goethe ...
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Newton and Goethe on color - homo discens
Colored Plate from Goethe's Theory of Colours. May God us keep. From single vision, and Newton's sleep! William Blake, From a poem in a letter written to ...
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[edit source | edit]. Goethe's theory of the origin of the spectrum isn't a theory of its origin that has proved unsatisfactory; it is ...
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Goethe's theory of color and scientific intuition*. Arthur G. Zaj onc. Randall Laboratory of Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. ( Received ...
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Theory of Colours
Theory of Colours
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, 2006
While not scientifically correct in light of current knowledge, the book is invaluable in its exploration of color, art, aesthetics, and philosophy.
Theory of Colours
Theory of Colours
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, 2012
In this classic of speculative science, the author of Faust provides a unique perspective on the nature of color.
Goethe Contra Newton: Polemics and the Project for a New Science ...
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Dennis L. Sepper, 2003
Sepper shows that the condemnation of Goethe's attacks on Newton has been based on erroneous assumptions about the history of Newton's theory.
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Goethe’s Color Theory – Prof. Fred Amrine | The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Forum
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Johny Jagannath: Goethe's Theory of Colour
By Johny Jagannath Goethe was a famous German poet who made some very important observations on the behavior of light. He was specifically interested in knowing how a prism splits white light into its constituent colors.
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This Thursday’s PCC Forum- “Goethe’s Color Theory” – A lecture by Prof. Fred Amrine | Footnotes 2 Plato
For those who live in the Bay Area, the next PCC Forum (hosted by my partner Becca and I) will feature Prof. Fred Amrine, a Goethe scholar from the University of Michigan's German department. The lecture is open to the public and will take place at the California Institue of Integral Studies (1453 Mission St., San Francisco,…
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Theory of Colours
By the time Goethe's Theory of Colours appeared in 1810, the wavelength theory of light and color had been firmly established. To Goethe, the theory was the result of mistaking an incidental result for an elemental principle.
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A Response to Goethe’s Color Theory | Here, Here
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Press release for the exhibition Im Labyrinth der Farben und Töne at the Mozarthuis (additional information is available at The Art Newspaper). . . In the Labyrinth of Colours and Sounds: Reflections on Mozart and Goethe with a Picture Cycle by Bernd Fasching Mozarthaus Vienna, 24 January 2013 -- 12 January 2014 Curated by Gernot…
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Q u e r b e e t: The Theory of Colors by Goethe
Goethe's Theory of Colours The interest of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was instigated by the colours of nature and the optical phenomenon coloristic tradition of Renaissance paintings with which they had contact in his first trip to Italy between the years 1786 and 1788. Theory of Colours (Zur Farbenlehre) Goethe was originally published in 1810.
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Goethe's Color Theory
Goethe in Italy by Tischbein A little noticed anniversary this year is that of Goethe’s Color Theory, originally published in 1810 in a volume 1,400 pages thick. According to Goethe: “That I am the only person in this century who has the right insight into the difficult science of colors, that is what I am rather proud of, and that is what gives me the feeling that I have outstripped many.
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