Paul Klee

His Work and Thought

Marcel Franciscono

Paul Klee
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Marcel Franciscono

406 pages | 174 halftones | 6-5/8 x 9-1/4 | © 1991
Cloth $97.50 ISBN: 9780226259901 Published May 1991
Marcel Franciscono offers an exhaustive historical and critical study of Klee's artistic personality and thought. Drawing extensively on documentation published since 1940, Franciscono highlights the extraordinary range of artistic, literary, and philosophical speculation Klee brought to his work. The portrait that emerges is one of a great comic artist, an ironist whose most characteristic pictures pit beauty of form and color against the dubious nature of things, yet one whose satiric depictions of everyday life extend to the most rarified evocations of nature.
Daniel Robbins, Union College
"There is no comparable book in the recent Klee literature. Marcel Franciscono introduces the reader to the artist and, in turn, to all the major Klee problems uncovered by specialists working in one or another area of the master's work. The result is a rich symposium in which all these opinions, as well as the relevant biographical facts, are returned to individual works of art, illuminating them exquisitely. In this low-keyed fashion emerges the splendid general study that is required of every generation for a great artist."
1. Klee at the Turn of the Century
Landscapes and Caricature
Early Satires
Klee's Early Artistic Principles
The Etched Inventions
2. The Making of a Modern Artist
Rodin and the Works of 1904-7
The Search for Individuality
Klee and Impressionism
Klee's Discovery of the Post-Impressionists
The Relationship of Art and Nature
Cézanne and the Pictures
The Candide Illustrations
3. Klee's Encounter with Cubism and the Blaue Reiter
The First Approaches to Cubism
The Influence of the Blaue Reiter in 1912
Klee's 1913 Cubist Compositions
Klee's Relationship to Kandinsky and Marc
4. Klee's Symbolic Language
Klee and Abstraction
5. The War Years and Their Aftermath
Klee's Response to the War
Klee and the Dada Movement
Klee during the November Revolution
6. The Bauhaus and Düsseldorf
Klee's Theory Courses
The Work of the Bauhaus Years
Departure from the Bauhaus
Klee's Work in 1933
7. Klee's Return to Bern: The Late Work
The Late Work and Contemporary Art
The Images of Death
Der Inferner Park
Appendix A: Klee's Tunisian Watercolors
Appendix B: Klee's Supposed "Anti-Nazi" Drawings
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