Blackboard Drawings 1919-1924

Rudolf Steiner


Rudolf Steiner Press, United Kingdom, 2003. First Edition. Softcover in illustrated wraps, 198pp., 9.75 x 10.25 inches.

Edited by Walter Kugler.

Very Good with minor shelf wear and rubbing to extremities. Slight bumping to bottom corners. Interior pages are unmarked. Scarce.

A catalog of the first American exhibition of Rudolf Steiner's blackboard drawings at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum. The drawings were created by the scholar and mystic during his lectures from 1919 to 1924, and were preserved in the form of color chalk on black paper. Each color illustration is accompanied by a quote from the lecture during which the drawing was made. Includes two introductory essays, and a checklist of the exhibition. 

Rudolf Steiner recorded his view of the world in many books, but also in over 5,000 lectures. Here, he explained his ideas on a wide range of subjects: education, science, the social question, art, architecture, medicine and agriculture. Steiner spoke freely, using only minimal notes. But when explaining conceptually difficult subject matter he frequently resorted to illustrating what he was saying with coloured chalks on a large blackboard. After the lecture the drawings were rubbed out and thus irretrievably lost - but not in every case. From the autumn of 1919 onwards, thick black paper was used to cover the blackboards so that the drawings could be rolled up and stored.