RUNGE, Philipp Otto
(b. 1777, Wolgast, d. 1810, Hamburg)

Colour Spheres

Copper engraving with watercolour, 225 x 189 mm
Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Runge was in close contact with Goethe over questions of colour theory. In his correspondence Newton's name crops up , the person present in the spirit of the whole age, an age as Enlightened as it was searching. In his painting Runge sought to derive the visible "images" or "symbols" for the "all-unifying" principle not only from form but from colour too.

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