Paul Klee led an inventive life that spanned the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, however he saved his aesthetic sensibility tuned to the longer term. Due to that, a lot of the Swiss-German Bauhaus-associated painter’s work, which at its most distinctive defines its personal class of abstraction, nonetheless exudes a vitality at this time.
And he left behind not simply these 9,000 items of artwork (not counting the hand puppets he made for his son), however loads of writings as properly, one of the best identified of which got here out in English as Paul Klee Notebooks, two volumes (The Pondering Eye and The Nature of Nature) gathering the artist’s essays on trendy artwork and the lectures he gave on the Bauhaus faculties within the Nineteen Twenties.
“These works are thought-about so vital for understanding trendy artwork that they’re in comparison with the significance that Leonardo’s A Treatise on Portray had for Renaissance,” says Monoskop. Their description additionally quotes critic Herbert Learn, who described the books as “probably the most full presentation of the rules of design ever made by a contemporary artist – it constitutes the Principia Aesthetica of a brand new period of artwork, during which Klee occupies a place corresponding to Newton’s within the realm of physics.”
Extra not too long ago, the Zentrum Paul Klee made out there on-line nearly all 3,900 pages of Klee’s private notebooks, which he used because the supply for his Bauhaus instructing between 1921 and 1931. When you can’t learn German, his extensively detailed textual theorizing on the mechanics of artwork (particularly the usage of coloration, with which he struggled earlier than getting back from a 1914 journey to Tunisia declaring, “Shade and I are one. I’m a painter”) might not instantly resonate with you. However his copious illustrations of all these observations and rules, in their vividness, readability, and reflection of a very lively thoughts, can nonetheless captivate anyone — simply as his work do.
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Primarily based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and elegance. He’s at work on a ebook about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer, the video sequence The Metropolis in Cinema, the crowdfunded journalism mission The place Is the Metropolis of the Future?, and the Los Angeles Assessment of Books’ Korea Weblog. Observe him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Fb.