Most Anthroposophical art is representational — it depicts various spiritual beings, conditions, or "truths." 

[R. R. simulation of Anthroposophical art, 2010: a copy of details from

Assa Turgenieff's illustration on p. 187 of John Fletcher's

    ART INSPIRED BY RUDOLF STEINER (Mercury Arts Publications, 1987.]

But even images that seem abstract may be considered representational, depicting the spirit realm as described by Steiner: 

"[T]hough the world from which the soul descends [at birth] has no spatial forms or lines, it does have color intensities, color qualities. Which is to say that the world man inhabits between death and a new birth (and which I have frequently and recently described) is a soul-permeated, spirit-permeated world of light, of color, of tone; a world of qualities, not quantities; a world of intensities rather than extensions. Thus in certain primitive, almost-forgotten civilizations, they who descended and dipped into a physical body had the sensation that through it he entered into relation with a physical environment, grew into space. To him the physical body was completely attuned to space, and he said to himself: 'This is foreign to me, it was not so in the spirit-soul world. Here I am under the joke [sic — yoke?] of three dimensions — dimensions which had no meaning before my descent into the physical world. But color, tone harmonies, tone melodies, have very much meaning in the spiritual world.'” — Rudolf Steiner, THE ARTS AND THEIR MISSION (Anthroposophic Press, 1964), p. 23.

The paintings created by Waldorf students, under the careful guidance of their teachers, are often intended to represent — and even invoke — the spirit realm, although the students and their parents may not be told this. [See "Wet-on-Wet" and "Magical Arts".]

[Anthroposophic Press, 1964.]

The cover art for the book below gives a fairly representative sample of Anthroposophical abstracts (in this case suggestive of birds in flight, perhaps, which would symbolize...)

[Rudolf Steiner College Publications, 1991.]

And here are some of my simulations of Anthroposophical abstract art. You may well find better examples — not simulations but the real thing — hanging on the walls of Waldorf or Steiner schools.

Warning: Because I am not a skilled artist, 

I have shamelessly used every tool I could find 

to assist my artistic efforts, including my computer 

— flipping images, cropping, altering colors... 

For this reason, Anthroposophists would reject 

my work as Ahrimanic (i.e., devilish). 

Yet many of the images I have created 

are based on paintings and other artworks 

by Anthroposophists and Waldorf students. 

 You'll find some of these sources indicated 

on various pages here at Waldorf Watch. 

(And in my defense I'll add that I usually create my pictures 

the old-fashioned way, by hand, on paper. 

I use the computer only to edit and polish.) 

Below is my approximate copy 

of Barbara Richey's cover art for 


(Anthroposophic Press, 1994). 

[R.R., 2009 and 2010.] 

The real thing:

[Anthroposophic Press, 1994.]

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ILLUSTRATIONS: Some of the illustrations used on this site are summarized on these pages:

     Rudolf Steiner : portraits

     Gallery : some of his work

     Through His Eyes : Steiner's visions

     Manifestations : a quick overview of Anthroposophy and Waldorf schooling
     Stages : our evolution

     Anthro Art : typical productions
     Confirmation? : the subject is sources

     Wet-on-Wet :  talismanic Waldorf paintings

     Other Paintings : not wet-on-wet, but still in a characteristic Waldorf style

     Drawings : characteristic Waldorf colored-pencil work


     Alma Mater : the Waldorf School of Adelphi College (later University)

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