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Klee

Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 1.23 lb, 96 pages
US$ 15
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Meet a giant of 20th-century modernism with this introduction to Paul Klee, the Swiss-born painter whose highly individual style combined Cubism, Expressionism, and Surrealism in sun-drenched landscapes, child-like figures, and enigmatic symbols. Though typically small in scale, Klee’s works are remarkable for their sophisticated thought and meticulous nuances of line, color, and tonality.

Thinking Eye

A unique language of symbols, literature, and light

With meticulous theories and many thousands of paintings, drawings, and watercolors, Paul Klee (1879–1940) is considered one of the most cerebral and prolific leaders of 20th-century European art. Though typically small in scale, his works are remarkable for their sophisticated thought and meticulous nuances of line, color, and tonality.

Klee’s stylistic formation was shaped by early affiliation with the German expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter and, in particular, by a 1914 trip to Tunisia which transformed his use of color. After the war, he taught at the esteemed Bauhaus school, where his lectures, like his emerging practice, emphasized the symbolic potential of shade, line, and geometry.

Klee was also inspired by Cubism, poetry, music, literature, language, and the simplistic power of children’s art. Famed for his simple stick figures, he often combined the appearance of untutored naïveté with rigorous composition and intellectual significance.

This book provides a selection of key Klee works to introduce his style and influence. From sun-drenched landscapes to enigmatic wordplay, discover a world at once simplistic, symbolic, and dazzlingly colorful.
The author

Susanna Partsch (born in 1952) studied art history first in Heidelberg and, between 1980 and 1985, at the Wilhelm Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Presently a freelance writer in Munich, she has written books on Rembrandt, Gustav Klimt, Franz Marc, and Paul Klee.

Klee
Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 1.23 lb, 96 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-0110-1
Edition: English
ISBN 978-3-8365-0109-5
Edition: French
Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
Klee (Basic Art Series)
Klee
US$ 15