Herbert Aach, German (1923-1985)
Herbert Aach, both a painter and writer, was born in Cologne, Germany. He was interested in all phases of color, phenomenology, perception, and fluorescence. He taught at the Pratt Institute (1947-51, 1965-68) the Brooklyn Museum, the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (1969-70), and was an assistant professor at Queens College from 1966.
As translator of Goethe's color theory, Aach can be associated with painter Robert Delaunay as well as with Alfred Jensen. His paintings and works on paper largely consist of variations on different shape and color combinations.
New York Times obituary, 10/14/85
Herbert Aach, a painter, professor of art at Queens College and the city's color consultant on the painting of its bridges, died of cancer yesterday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He was 62 years old and lived in Manhattan.
Mr. Aach was the American editor and translator of Goethe's ''Color Theory,'' published in 1971, and chairman of the Queens College art department from 1976 to 1979. Students there voted him ''Teacher of the Year'' in 1975 and 1985. He was a past president of the Artists Technical Research Institute and a consultant with the Sargent Art Materials Company.