A Textbook for Anthroposophical Painting Groups

Liane Collot D'Herbois

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Explains the principles behind her colour theory and demonstrates the unique movement and inherent quality of different colours.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Art & Literature; Mind, Body, Spirit
160 pages
Publication date:
24 Jan 2008


Colour is both a constant and dynamic force in our world. Liane Collot D'Herbois was a pioneer of spiritual colour theory who explored the artistic and therapeutic qualities of light and darkness in painting.

This book is a combination of her original works Colour, Part One (1979) and Colour, Part Two (1981), in which she presented her remarkable ideas. Preferring to write in 'pictures' rather than 'chapters', she explains the principles behind her work and demonstrates how each colour has its own unique movement and inherent quality.

Her third book, Light, Darkness and Colour in Painting Therapy is also available from Floris Books.

Table of Contents

Part One
First Picture -- Light and Darkness
Second Picture -- Colour: Colours in front of the light: movement from Magenta to Yellow-Green
Third Picture -- Colour: Colours behind the light: three blues
Fourth Picture -- Colour: Green; Burnt Sienna and Violet; Magenta and Vermilion
Fifth Picture -- Movement of Colour and why it arises
Sixth Picture -- Die Trube
Seventh Picture -- Cosmic Soul and Complementary Colours
Part Two
First Picture -- A Possible Picture
Second Picture -- Cobalt Blue
Third Picture -- Processes of Colour
Fourth Picture -- Processes of Colour and the Human Being
Fifth Picture -- Darkness


Liane Collot d'Herbois was born in 1907 in Cornwall. She studied painting in Birmingham and London. After encountering Rudolf Steiner's ideas, which were an important stimulus for her artistic and therapeutic work, she went on with Dr Ita Wegman to develop an approach to painting therapy. For many years she lived in Holland. She died in 1999.

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