March 2019

Julian Mulock on Picturing the Invisible: the Spiritual in Art - Sunday Afternoons April 7, 14

Much of the world’s art has been in service of the spiritual. The discovery of perspective and other scientific methods may have interrupted this; but not for long...

Goethe and Newton

In the late 18th century Goethe developed a colour theory, an alternative to Newton’s, which challenged the way in which we see. His vision gave rise to a new way of seeing which was to influence J.M.W. Turner and others as they pictured the invisible.

Artists at the Forefront

At the end of the nineteenth century a renewed surge of interest in the spiritual gave birth to abstraction – picturing the invisible. For the arts, the greatest influence then, and into the twentieth century, was Theosophy. Franz Marc, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Malevitch and composer Arnold Schoenburg were devotees. Of special interest is the recently rediscovered Hilma af Klint, possibly the first great abstract artist whose connections with Theosophy and then Rudolf Steiner make her a very special case. 

Lawren Harris, Franklin Carmichael, J.E.H.MacDonald and Arthur Lismer of Canada’s Group of Seven were all card-carrying members of the Theosophical Society as was Bertram Brooker who had the first exhibition of abstract art in Canada.

Join Julian Mulock in a lively, richly illustrated discussion of these and other artists in their quest to picture the invisible.

About Julian Mulock

Born in England of Canadian parents, Julian spent his school years in Waldorf schools in England before moving to Canada. He graduated with honors from the three-year Special Art Course at Central Technical School, Toronto.  

In 1972 he joined the staff of the Royal Ontario Museum as a scientific illustrator for six wonderful years before embarking on a career as freelance illustrator,
muralist and painter.

He is a member of the Society of Canadian Painters and a member and past president of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, a favorite haunt of The Group of Seven. Lifelong interests in the worlds of the invisible and of art have led him to give considerable thought to the intersection of the two.


Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm, April 7th and 14th. Tea will be served following the April 14th session. $20 each time. $15 for students or seniors. This event will take place at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto at 9100 Bathurst St. #4, Thornhill, ON, L4J 8C7. Free parking is available.

About the Picture

The painting on the poster is by J. M. W. Turner and is titled  Light and Colour (Goethe’s Theory) – After the Deluge -  Moses Writing the Book of Genesis.

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