Stuttgart: Published by the author, 1950-1956. First edition. Softcover. Large quarto (11 3/4 x 8 1/4"). 51, pp; 48pp; 44pp; 55, pp; 49, pp; 55, pp; 59, pp; 108pp; 8pp. Original wrappers, with red lettering to front cover for issues A to L, and gold lettering to front cover of "Welt, Farbe und Mensch"'s special issue "Aus dem Farben-Füllhorn."
Self-published between 1950 and 1956 by German painter Julius Hebing*, "Welt, Farbe und Mensch" (World, Color and Man) was conceived as a practical study for anyone interested in color theory**, either professionally or artistically.
This work begins with the study of "Elemente der Farbenlehre" (elements of color theory) in which Goethe's color wheel is explained. This is followed by "Verwandlungen des Farbenkreises" (transformations of the color wheel); "Physische Farben" (the physiological effects of colors); "Chemische Farben" (the study of chemical colors); "Entwicklung des Farbensinnes" (the development of color perception); "Praktische Anweisungen und Übungen zum Malen" (practical instructions and training for painters).
Each issue is complete with its supplement(s), such as:
- Vol. A: 6 loose plates, numbered 1 to 6, and a pocket containing 21 color samples (each measuring 5 7/8 x 4"), as issued.
- Vol. L: 9 loose plates, numbered 7 to 15, as issued.
- Vol. B: 15 loose plates, numbered 16 to 30, and two pockets (housed in a larger one) containing turquoise color pigments and potassium dichromate, as issued.
- Vol. C: 4 loose plates numbered 31 to 34, a pocket containing 11 color samples (each measuring 8 1/2 x 6"), and an envelope with 8 color filters, as issued.
- Vol. D, part I: 12 loose plates numbered 35 to 46. Plate 39 being 32 b/w and color samples, as issued.
- Vol. D, part II: 10 loose plates numbered 47 to 56, as issued.
- Vol. E: 4 loose plates numbered 57, 58, 59/60, and 61/62 (the last two are double plates), as issued.
- Vol. F: 17 loose plates numbered 63/64 to 82 (the first three are double plates), as issued.
- Special issue "Aus dem Farben-Füllhorn": 7 loose plates numbered A to G, as issued.
Laid in printed material for subscribers and one commercial advertisement. Some minor and sporadic age-wear to wrappers. Text in German. Wrappers in overall good+ to very good, interior in fine condition. g+ to vg. Item #42185
* Julius Hebing (1891-1973) was a German painter and researcher in the areas of Goethe's and Steiner's color theory (Goethe'schen und Steiner'schen Farbenlehre). Hebing experienced the horrors of W.W.I as an officer in the German army. As one of a few survivors after the bloody battle of Arras, in the ruins he found a booklet of Schopenhauer's "Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit" which awakened his interest in Philosophie. In 1934 he exhibited 50 samples of his color theory at Steiner's Goetheanum. In 1949/50 he was asked to restore Rudolf Steiner's color sketches at the Rudolf Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung in Dornach, Switzerland. Julius Heber passed away on the 28th of August 1973. His theory is still taught at the Waldorfschulen.
** In the visual arts, color theory is a body of practical guidance to color mixing and the visual effects of a specific color combination. There are also definitions of colors based on the color wheel: primary color, secondary color and tertiary color. Although color theory principles first appeared in the writings of Leone Battista Alberti (ca 1435) and the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (ca 1490), a tradition of 'colory theory' began in the 18th century, initially within a partisan controversy around Isaac Newton's theory of color ("Opticks," 1704) and the nature of primary colors.