Enlightened Romanticism: Mary Gartside’s colour theory in the age of Moses Harris, Goethe and George Field

Loske, Alexandra (2012) Enlightened Romanticism: Mary Gartside’s colour theory in the age of Moses Harris, Goethe and George Field. In: Progress in Colour Studies Conference 2012, 10-13th July, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to evaluate the work of Mary Gartside, a British female colour theorist, active in London between 1781 and 1808. She published three books between 1805 and 1808. In chronological and intellectual terms Gartside can cautiously be regarded an exemplary link between Moses Harris, who published a short but important theory of colour in the second half of the eighteenth century, and J.W. von Goethe’s highly influential Zur Farbenlehre, published in Germany in 1810. Gartside’s colour theory was published privately under the disguise of a traditional water colouring manual, illustrated with stunning abstract colour blots (see example above). Until well into the twentieth century, she remained the only woman known to have published a theory of colour. In contrast to Goethe and other colour theorists in the late 18th and early 19th century Gartside was less inclined to follow the anti-Newtonian attitudes of the Romantic movement.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N0061 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing. Design. Illustration > NC0050 History of drawing
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing. Design. Illustration > NC0730 Technique
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX0440 History of the arts
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX0650 Special subjects or topics, A-Z
Depositing User: Alexandra Loske
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2012 09:14
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2012 09:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40518

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