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Interesting! Color Theory: Painting Colors With Goethe

Knowledge on mixing colors and using contrast is commonly spread. But there are other color effects, that can’t be explained by most color theory and color wheel info. Even when I didn’t use color yet, I noticed that a white painted on black gets a different look than a black painted on white. When you paint a semi-transparant white over black, it gets a cold, bluish tone. And when you paint a semi-transparent black over white, it gets a warm, brownish tone. Years later I found, that this phenomenon can be explained by Goethes theory of color. Goethe doesn’t juggle with wavelengths, atoms or breaking indexes – instead  he consciously uses only his own perception. He found that for color…

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