Carl Jung

Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

Jung’s vision and theories are artistic at their essence, and – although he refused to think of himself as an “artist” – he knew it.... We now recognize that Jung was an artist, but that Jung the artist emerged from and served Jung the thinker. (

...Carl Jung scribed the book himself in his own calligraphy, also illustrating it with striking artistic renditions of his visions. (

“The overall theme of the book is how Jung regains his soul and overcomes the contemporary malaise of spiritual alienation... Accompanying the calligraphy of Jung’s text are incredibly controlled surreal illustrations of psychologically and spiritually thematic images. (

The Red Book (Liber Novus, "The New Book) is a red leather‐bound folio manuscript crafted by Jung between 1915-30. It recounts and comments upon the author's imaginative experiences between 1913-16, and is based on manuscripts first drafted by Jung in 1914‐15 and 1917. Despite being nominated as the central work in Jung’s oeuvre, it was not published or made otherwise accessible for study until 2009.

...Jung was not "psychotic" by any accepted clinical criteria during the period he created Liber Novus. Nonetheless, what he was doing during these years defies facile categorization.

Jung referred to his imaginative or visionary venture during these years as "my most difficult experiment." This experiment involved a voluntary confrontation with the unconscious through willful engagement of what Jung later termed "mythopoetic imagination"....

Jung worked his text and images in the Red Book using calligraphic pen, multicolored ink, and gouache paint. The text is written in German. (
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Suzan Hamer


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