Theory of Colours

by Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Translated by Charles Lock Eastlake
Originally published in 1840
MIT Press, 1970
423 pages, paperback, $31.00
ISBN 978-0-262-57021-3



“The advantage of trying to follow Goethe’s explanations of color phenomena is that, by the time you have succeeded in doing so, your thoughts have become so divorced from the wave-length explanation of color, that you can begin to think about color theory relatively unhampered by prejudice, either ancient or modern.”

                                                     ― from the Introduction by Deane B. Judd, 1969



Physiological Colours

Physical Colours

Chemical Colours

General Characteristics

Relation to other Pursuits

Effect of Colours with Reference to Moral Associations