Goethe\'s Theory of Colours: Translated from the German, with Notes

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    This work by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832 was translated into English in 1840 by Sir Charles Eastlake 1793-1865, painter and later keeper of the National Gallery. Goethe's 1810 work was rejected by many contemporary scientists because it appeared to contradict the physical laws laid down by Newton. However, its focus on the human perception of the colour spectrum, as opposed to the observable optical phenomenon, was attractive to, and influential upon, artists and philosophers. As Eastlake says in his preface, the work's dismissal on scientific grounds had caused 'a well-arranged mass of observations and experiments, many of which are important and interesting', to be overlooked. Eastlake also puts Goethe's work into its aesthetic and scientific context and describes its original reception. His clear translation of Goethe's observations and experiments on colour and light will appeal to anyone interested in our responses to art.

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    Number of Pages: 482
    Format(s): Paperback - ISBN: 9781108075442
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    Listed in: Theory of art
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press

    Books by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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