Light, Darkness and Colour in Painting Therapy

Liane Collot d'Herbois

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An overview of therapeutic painting, which can bring health through balancing the light and darkness found both in art and the human constitution.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Holistic Health; Art & Literature
256 pages
Publication date:
01 Sep 2000


'One should try to see health and disease in the light of the theory of colour.' -- Rudolf Steiner

Through her work as an art teacher, Liane Collot d'Herbois discovered that an individual's constitution, temperament and illnesss were often revealed through their painting.

Using Rudolf Steiner's remark as a starting point, together with her own observations, she went on to develop therapeutic painting.

Art therapy helps bring about balance and health in the human being through working with an understanding of the relationship between the opposing tendencies of light and darkness in art and in the human constitution.


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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