Fitting Paul Klee's extraordinary
oeuvre into book form is certainly a complex endeavor--Klee's diverse
body of work is always opening itself up to new interpretations, and has
escaped classification under the aegis of any particular style, group,
or movement. This monograph achieves this feat by offering Klee in all
his uniqueness, never attempting to subject the artist and his work to
one interpretation. Here we see Klee's organically developed and open-ended
art, which sought inspiration everywhere and in turn inspired so many
in all areas of the arts. Fairytale lyricism and grotesque satire, tender
jesting and very real horror, profound mysticism and sober romanticism
all coexist in Klee's images. These works radiate a variety and creative
energy that is rarely seen in such profusion. "Paul Klee: Life and Work"
presents a comprehensive selection of paintings and other images, documented
in nearly 500 color and black-and-white images, alongside essays that
explore the artist's life and offer surprising insights into his work.
"To wander through Klee's work is a wonderful, exciting adventure, an
adventure of the spirit and of the heart. Amazing insights into the spheres
of nature, and material things, of bestial creatures and of human beings
are revealed, insights into cosmic episodes full of wit and profundity."--Carola
This colorful monograph features
and surveys the 150 best-known works of Paul Klee, an artist famous for
the playful complexity of his multi-media images. Klee never ceased his
quest for new subjects and sources of inspiration, and he experimented
with geometry, materials, and color to represent fauna and flora, music,
the diurnal, and the nocturnal.
With the help of amusing questions and comments from children, the viewer's eyes are taken on a tour of Klee's pictures. 'Dreaming Pictures' provides an insight into the artist's composition, unlocking the paintings' mysteries and revealing the pleasures to be found by entering Klee's dream world.
Produced in close cooperation with the Klee Foundation in Bern, this catlogues gathers together the artist's outstanding masterpieces of the years 1917-1933. This extraordinary survey, which includes works which Klee originally intended to keep for himself, has been made possible by loans from the collection of Angela Rosengart in Lucerne, the Klee Foundation in Bern, and many private collectors. Many of these works are being presented to a wide audience for the first time.