The Red Book Hours

Discovering C.G. Jung's Art Mediums and Creative Process

A unique study of and reference work on Carl Gustav Jung’s monumental Red Book (Liber Novus)

 

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Jill Mellick

1st edition

, 2018

Text English

Hardback, leather-bound

452 pages, 545 color and 22 b/w illustrations

24 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-816-4

Inhalt

In 1913, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and theorist Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) experienced powerful visions, often terrifying. However, seeing their great potential value he found ways to encourage further visions and fantasies. Over many years, he recorded his experiences in a series of small journals, added commentaries and transcribed them, using calligraphy and illuminations, into a large, red, leather-bound volume, commonly known as The Red Book. Jung never published the Liber Novus, as he called this pivotal part of his oeuvre, and left no instructions for its final disposition, and it therefore remained unpublished until recently.

The large format, leather-bound volume of The Red Book Hours complements the facsimile edition and English-language translation of The Red Book, published in 2009, and draws out insights into Jung’s affinity with art as a means of personal insight. Psychologist and multimedia artist Jill Mellick documents copious research into Jung’s choices regarding media and technique and his careful design of environments in which he could experience creative processes and allow unconscious content to flow forth. Her unlikely journey includes explorations of memory, serendipity, and science. A stunning interplay of texts and images includes magnifications of the wildly colorful and intricately detailed sketches from The Red Book and a selection of Jung’s own pigments, never seen until now, The Red Book Hours presents a more comprehensive picture than ever before of the foundational psychoanalyst’s experience and expression of his rich inner world.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Jill Mellick

, Ph.D., professor emerita, is a clinical psychologist, researcher, nonfiction and fiction author, and multimedia artist.  An innovator in graduate psychology studies, she has been founding director and lecturer for both a doctoral research program and a doctoral specialization in the role of the creative arts in psychological and spiritual healing and growth. She has been in private practice as a Jungian psychotherapist and expressive arts therapist in Palo Alto, CA, since 1984.

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«The Red Book Hours est le complément indispensable à la compréhension de cette somme unique qui n’a pas d’équivalent dans la littérature occidentale du XXe siècle. En explorant les affinités de C.G. Jung avec les arts et les processus créatifs, allant jusqu’au détail de l’analyse des nombreux pigments que conservait le psychanalyste vivant au bord du lac de Zurich, Jill Mellick éclaire par ce riche travail présenté par cette belle édition, les recherches de Jung ayant abouti à la rédaction finale du célèbre Livre Rougelexnews.fr

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Magnified detail, from page 55 of The Red Book. © W. W. Norton and Company | Used by the permission of the Stiftung der Werke von C. G. Jung

A box of Jung's at the Tower in Bollingen contains some of his pigments. © Matilda Hoerni-Fravi

Vials containing minute particles, rescued from the gutters of The Red Book. Each vial was identified by the gutter or page from which particles were taken. © Jill Mellick

A wide selection of vials of Jung’s pigments were sent for scientific testing and for comparison with the paint fragments gathered from The Red Book. © Jill Mellick

To confirm any relationship between the paint fragments from the gutters of The Red Book and Jung's pigments still at Bollingen, a variety of tests and instruments – including this X-ray fluorescence spectrometer – were used. Photograph Jennifer Mass © Jill Mellick

After rigorous formal analysis by a senior conservation scientist, these pigments were confirmed as exact matches with the paint fragments from The Red Book. Photograph Matt Mimiaga © Jill Mellick

After rigorous formal analysis by a senior conservation scientist, these pigments were confirmed as exact matches with the paint fragments from The Red Book. Photograph Matt Mimiaga © Jill Mellick

After rigorous formal analysis by a senior conservation scientist, these pigments were confirmed as exact matches with the paint fragments from The Red Book. Photograph Matt Mimiaga © Jill Mellick

Image produced during scientific analysis: a green paint fragment from the gutter between pages 56 and 57 of The Red Book was magnified more than 1600 times. Image capture Jennifer Mass © Jill Mellick

The botanically inspired majuscule from page 147 of The Red Book is a kind of visual ode to the symmetry and beauty of nature. The colors are noticeably gentle, and Jung uses a variety of techniques, from overlay to transparency and opacity. © W. W. Norton and Company | Used by the permission of the Stiftung der Werke von C. G. Jung

Author Jill Mellick. © Renée Fadiman

Jung in his library, around 1944. Photo M. Fellerer 1944 © Familienarchiv Jung Küsnacht

 

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