Gerard Wagner

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Gerard Wagner, 1998

Gerard Wagner, born 1906, was the leading teacher of this school up to his death in 1999.

Through efforts to grasp the secrets of Rudolf Steiner’s training sketches for painters, Gerard Wagner succeeded in disclosing their metamorphic character and, out of this, was able to develop a systematic approach to painting.

The fruits of this research are his unique method of teaching and his archive of paintings both of which continue to be a source of inspiration for the school. Gerard Wagner’s archive is made up of at least 4,000 paintings and hundreds of work sheets of experimental colour research. Visits to the archive can be made by arrangement.

An Autobiographical Fragment by Gerard Wagner

An example of colour metamorphosis by Gerard Wagner

Gerard Wagner’s CV

  • 1906 born in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 1912 family moved to England
  • 1924-26 Studied painting at St Ives, Cornwall with John Park and at the Royal College of Art, London
  • 1926 moved to Dornach, Switzerland
  • 1928 studied painting with Henni Geck at the Goetheanum, Dornach
  • From about 1930 independent painter, exhibitions world-wide (in 1997 at the Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia)
  • From about 1950 teaching activity in Switzerland, mostly at the Goetheanum, and in Germany and England
  • 1999 died in Arlesheim, Switzerland

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