|From TheoryOfColor.Org (Brendan Ferguson)|
Below is the image of Light and Colour (Goethe's Theory) - the Morning after the Deluge - Moses Writing the Book of Genesis. Go here for Shade and Darkness.
|Light and Colour (Goethe's Theory of Colour), Tate Britain|
"Goethe's theory was the only attempt in Turner's time to formulate a theory of the phenomena of light and colour acknowledging the physical, psychological, and aesthetic conditions and their interrelation. As a concept of an introduction to the phenomenality of colour, it is a kindred spirit to Turner's creative work.
"One of these marginal notes is a direct expression of the extent to which Turner was in accord with Goethe's opinions. At the same time, it shows that Turner was fully aware of the problematic nature, as examined here from various angles, of a pictorial quality aiming at direct experience through the observational act. With regard to the effect of colour structures in a picture, Goethe writes: 'If the totality of colour is presented to the eye from the outside in the form of an object, it will be pleasing to the eye, because it thereby encounters the sum of its own activity as reality,' Turner comments: 'this is the object of Painting.'"
And the movie Mr. Turner? My objection to biopics concerns the "potted" nature of the narrative. For instance, Turner's fall from the height of his acclaim is presented in two episodes lasting about five minutes: Queen Victoria walks with full court (including Prince Albert) into the gallery in which Turner's works are on view and expresses her displeasure, whereupon, in quick succession, various viewers express their agreement with the now common wisdom that Turner has lost it. The next scene is a popular theater stage on which Turner's paintings are ridiculed. Still, all in all, the movie was fun to watch, and the performances leave one in admiration of good actors.