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Four Large Watercolour Motifs of Rudolf Steiner

With a Lecture by Rudolf Steiner on Raphael

February 2023
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  • Published
    28th February 2023
  • ISBN 9781621482741
  • Language English
  • Pages 204 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 11"
  • Images Color

“The art of the future will be an art of inner maturity. What leads to artistic activity will be sensed only at a relatively advanced age in life. It will no longer be assumed that one cannot have the necessary youth forces for artistic creation in later years—as is still often asserted today. It will be found that only by way of inner deepening augmented by spiritual scientific insight are the forces released that lead to artistic creation.” —Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, February 7, 1915

The painter Henni Geck convinced Rudolf Steiner to paint five watercolors featured in this book:

– The Moon Rider (The Dream Song of Olaf Åsteson), January 1924
– New Life (Mother and Child), February 1924
– Easter (Three Crosses), April 1924
– The Archetypal Plant, May 1924
– Archetypal Human Being (or Archetypal Animal) July/August 1924

The paintings reproduced in this book—also including a selection from the works of the painter Gerard Wagner—arose from direct color experience and “imagination,” as Steiner describes this inner capacity. The purpose of this volume is to focus on unique possibilities that can open up for the future of art in the world and become a means and path for spiritual-scientific inquiry.

“We are at a point in the fifth post-Atlantean age when current views must be directed to spiritual forms in art.” —Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, August 31, 1918

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Virginia Sease
Preliminary Remarks

“Raphael's Mission in the Light of the Science of the Spirit” by Rudolf Steiner

The Friedwart Madonna as a Color Exercise (Louise van Blommestein)
Mother and Child: Raphael's “Sistine Madonna”
A Further Possible Color Buildup

The Easter Motif
A Possible Color Buildup

The Ideal Plant Form
A Possible Color Buildup

The Primeval Form of the Human Being
A Possible Color Buildup
Rudolf Steiner's Training Motifs for Painters

Further Examples from the Work of Gerard Wagner
The Two-dimensional Surface and “Color Perspective”

The Three Luster Colors: Yellow, Blue, and Red
Goethe's Color Phenomena and the New Art of Painting

Afterword: Archetypal Motifs in Art

Supplementary Observations

“The Painting Process as Meditation: On the Lifework of Gerard Wagner” by Sergei O. Prokofieff

About the Editor
Selected Bibliography

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (b. Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner, 1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.