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Colour dynamics

From the late 1970s Coetzee has been interested in Goethe's Colour Theory, and his Metamorphosis of Plants. Through the centuries and in a variety of ways, Goethe's approach to colour has been an inspiration to many artists and thinkers as different from each other as Turner, Kandinsky and Steiner. In 1993 Coetzee wrote that Goethe's colour theory "places emphasis on the qualitative as well as on the physical properties of colour. Colour is viewed in terms of archetypical polarities, with yellow the colour closest to light and blue closest to darkness."

Coetzee has researched Rudolf Steiner's 'extensions' of Goethe's ideas and their application to painting, a study of which has given rise to a diversity of paintings in varying idioms and media (e.g. Tree of Life, 1995; Kafka, 1983; Tiananmen Square, 1995).

Baptism

oil on canvas,
90 x 74 cm,
1985,
Private Collection, Santa Barbara, USA
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Death and the Maiden 2

watercolour,
30 x 22 cm,
1995,
Collection of the Artist
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Death and the Maiden

watercolour,
18 cm,
1995,
Collection of the Artist
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The dew of heaven

watercolour,
20 x 15 cm,
1996,
Private Collection, Johannesburg
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Enoch

oil on canvas,
130 x 120 cm,
1985,
Collection of the Artist
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Tree of life

watercolour,
35 x 24 cm,
1995,
Private Collection, Germany
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Kafka

watercolour,
54 x 40 cm,
1983,
Private Collection, Johannesburg
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Tianamen square

oil on canvas,
70 x 54 cm,
1997,
Private Collection, Brussels
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Threnody

pastel on paper,
80 x 65 cm,
1997,
Collection of the Artist
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North African scene

watercolour,
47 x 33 cm,
1994,
Private Collection, Johannesburg
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Gift

oil on paper,
100 x 80 cm,
2000,
Collection of the Artist
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Pyramid

oil on board,
40 x 36 cm,
1985,
Private Collection, Johannesburg
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