Colour Theory

Fact: I don’t like the colour yellow or any derivative of its form. Fact: I bloody love this scarf.

As soon as I saw it I loved it even though I don’t own any clothing of a similar colour. The soft pink, maroon and cream blend seamlessly with my wardrobe, and it makes the colours I do own really shine.

But what’s really special is how it makes people feel when they see it. Most people have the same reaction I did, ‘Ooooh I love your scarf, it’s so soft and the colours are gorgeous.’

So I started to think, what is it about colour that causes an emotional reaction?

Colour is the place where our brain and the universe meet.

~ Paul Klee

In 1810, German poet and philosopher, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote his book, Theory of Colour’ in response to Isaac Newton’s Theory of Light.

In collaboration with philosopher Friedrich Schiller, he created a colour wheel by recognising the importance of non-spectral (extra-spectral) colours.

Meaning—colours we see, feel and perceive, rather than those on the optical spectrum, as discovered by Newton.

For Newton, only spectral colours count as fundamental. By contrast, Goethe’s more empirical approach led him to recognise the essential role of (non-spectral) magenta in a complete colour circle.

I believe that what Goethe was really seeking was not a physiological but a psychological theory of colours.

~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

His work influenced artists like Turner and Kandinsky who used colour to express emotion in their very different, distinct ways.

And it’s this perception of colour—how it makes you feel, that I’m interested in.

What I’m wearing:
Dress: TOBI
Jacket: Boden
Boots: Acne ‘Jensen’ Boots from Shopbop.com
Scarf: H&M

The “rose of temperaments” (Temperamentenrose), an earlier study (1798/9) by Goethe and Schiller

The “rose of temperaments” (Temperamentenrose), an earlier study (1798/9) by Goethe and Schiller. The diagram matches twelve colours to human occupations or their character traits, grouped in the four temperaments: choleric (red/orange/yellow) who are tyrants, heroes, adventurers. Sanguine (yellow/green/cyan) who are hedonists, lovers, poets. Phlegmatic (cyan/blue/violet) who are public speakers, historians, teachers. Melancholic (violet/magenta/red) who are philosophers, pedants, rulers.

 

 

 

 

Red mini dress with long woollen scarf | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Red mini dress with long woollen scarf | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Red mini dress with long woollen scarf | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Wassily Kandinsky Violet Wedge 1919

Wassily Kandinsky, Violet Wedge, 1919

Red mini dress with long woollen scarf | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Red mini dress with long woollen scarf | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au