Colour in semi-darkness | Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1950


Ludwig Wittgenstein, Cambridge, 1939 by Norman Malcolm 

“Look at your room late in the evening when you can hardly distinguish between colours 
any longer - turn on the light and paint what you saw in the twilight. There are pictures 
of landscapes or rooms in semi-darkness, but how do you compare the colours in 
such pictures with those you saw in semi-darkness?

A colour shines in its surroundings. Just as eyes only smile on a face.”


Ludwig Wittgenstein, Remarks on Colour, 1950 

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