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Conversations about Painting with Rudolf Steiner

Recollections of Five Pioneers of the New Art Impulse

Translated and Introduced by Peter Stebbing

208 pp.  
8 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Illustrations: Color and B/W



Published:  January 2008


The purpose of this illustrated volume of first-hand recollections is to increase appreciation in the world for Rudolf Steiner’s artistic contributions to modern culture. The authors represented in Conversations about Painting with Rudolf Steiner offer insights into Steiner's intentions as he responded to artists’ questions about the deeper, spiritual aspects of painting, color, and role of the arts as a whole in culture and society.

Peter Stebbing’s inspiration for translating these conversations was an early reading of Hilde Boos-Hamburger’s book on Steiner’s “new art impulse” (included here). Through the years, Stebbing also came to recognize the importance of other artists who were influenced by Steiner. Margarita Voloschin, for example, describes the inner transformation required of artists who wish to deepen their artistic sensibilities as described by Rudolf Steiner. Henni Geck, though she wrote little on art, is an important figure in this school of artistic renewal through having elicited numerous training sketches from Steiner. Assya Turgenieff was a pioneer artist who worked with stained glass. Her discussion of the artistic approach she used—which incorporated both color and sculpting techniques—can be applied to other visual arts as well.

Conversations about Painting with Rudolf Steiner is an extraordinary contribution to a deeper understanding of the “anthroposophic” arts. Richly illustrated, this volume will warrant serious study and frequent rereading and browsing. A great book to give!

Download “Experiences in Painting the Cupolas of the First Goetheanum” by Hilde Boos-Hamburger

    • “Indications Given by Rudolf Steiner to a Painter”
    • “A Color Meditation Given by Rudolf Steiner”
    • “The Human Form and Color”
    • “Recollections of Two Lectures by Rudolf Steiner on Painting”
    • “About Maria Strakosch-Giesler” by Peter Stebbing
    • “Preliminary Remarks”
    • “Experiences in Painting the Cupolas of the First Goetheanum”
    • “The Struggle for the Underlying Principles of a New Spiritualized Painting Impulse”
    • “Some Experiences in Teaching Older Children”
    • “About Hilde Boos-Hamburger” by Roy Wilkinson & Jan Pohl
    • “The Sketches Given by Rudolf Steiner 1922–1924”
    • “The Motif Sketches of Rudolf Steiner” by Fritz Billing
    • “The Work in Painting at the Goetheanum with Henni Geck” by Clara Bosshardt
    • “On Studying in Henni Geck’s Painting School” by Gerard Wagner
    • “About Henni Geck” by Ernst Marti
    • “Recollections of the Teacher” by Walter Roggenkamp
    • “Thoughts on Method” by Bettina Roder
    • “Henni Geck’s Quest” by Ingrid Stinzing-Eriksson
    • “Self-portrait”
    • “Memory-Pictures from a Time of Intensive Work”
    • “How Rudolf Steiner Himself Painted in the Small Cupola” by Luise Clason
    • “About Margarita Voloschin” by Rosemarie Wermbter
    • “Working on ‘Light and Dark’”
    • “Recollections of the Beginning of Studies in Light and Dark”
    • “A Drawing Class with Rudolf Steiner” by Daniel J. van Bemmelen
    • “About Assya Turgenieff” by Jakob Streit & Christiane Haid

Also includes an afterword and a selected bibliography.

Related Titles

  • Art History as a Reflection of Inner Spiritual Impulses : (CW 292)
  • Architecture as Peacework : The First Goetheanum, Dornach, 1914 (CW 287)
  • Toward a New Theory of Architecture : The First Goetheanum in Pictures (CW 290)

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Anthroposophy: Art & Literature ; Anthroposophy: Life & Work of Rudolf Steiner ; Arts & Literature: Painting & Color Theory and Esoteric: Art & Literature