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Paul Klee

Data di nascita: 18. Dicembre 1879
Data di morte: 29. Giugno 1940

Ernst Paul Klee è stato un pittore svizzero di padre tedesco e madre svizzera, il primo musicista e la seconda cantante.

Figura eminente dell'arte del XX secolo, nel periodo della sua formazione Paul Klee si occupò di musica, poesia, pittura, scegliendo infine quest'ultima forma di espressione come ambito privilegiato e dando così inizio ad una tra le più alte e feconde esperienze artistiche del Novecento. Si mantenne comunque anche con i proventi derivati dalla sua attività di strumentista presso l'Orchestra di Berna.

Esponente dell'astrattismo, considerava l'arte un discorso sulla realtà e non una sua semplice riproduzione. Nelle sue opere la realtà è quindi rarefatta, resa essenziale, talvolta ridotta a semplici linee o campiture colorate. La sua inesausta ricerca si manifesta anche attraverso la scelta dei supporti, che vanno dalla tradizionale tela alla carta di giornale, alla juta, a cartoncini di ogni qualità e spessore. Wikipedia

„L'arte non deve riprodurre il visibile, ma renderlo visibile.“

—  Paul Klee

Origine: Citato in Focus, n. 60, p. 185

„L'occhio segue le vie che nell'opera gli sono state disposte.“

—  Paul Klee

Origine: Da Pädagogisches skizzenbuch

„Nessuno si riconosce in noi e noi siamo avulsi da tutti.“

—  Paul Klee

Origine: Da Sull'arte moderna, Laqueur, p. 218

„The changeover was complete; in the summer of 1907 I devoted myself entirely to the appearance of nature and upon these studies built my black-and-white landscapes on glass, 1907/1908.“

—  Paul Klee

Quote (1908), # 831, in The Diaries of Paul Klee; University of California Press, 1964; as quoted by Francesco Mazzaferro, in 'The Diaries of Paul Klee - Part Three' : Klee as a Secessionist and a Neo-Impressionist Artist http://letteraturaartistica.blogspot.nl/2015/05/paul-klee-ev.html
1903 - 1910

„Art does not reproduce what we see. It makes us see.“

—  Paul Klee

Section I

(de) Kunst gibt nicht das Sichtbare wieder, sondern macht sichtbar.
1916 - 1920, Creative Credo (1920)
Variante: Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.

„Things appear to assume a broader and more diversified meaning, often seemingly contradicting the rational experience of yesterday. There is a striving to emphasize the essential character of the accidental.“

—  Paul Klee

Section V
1916 - 1920, Creative Credo (1920)
Contesto: Formerly we used to represent things visible on earth, things we either liked to look at or would have liked to see. Today we reveal the reality that is behind visible things, thus expressing the belief that the visible world is merely an isolated case in relation to the universe and that there are many more other, latent realities. Things appear to assume a broader and more diversified meaning, often seemingly contradicting the rational experience of yesterday. There is a striving to emphasize the essential character of the accidental.

„My mirror probes down to the heart. I write words on the forehead and around the corners of the mouth. My human faces are truer than the real ones.“

—  Paul Klee

Diary entry (Munich, 1901), # 136, in The Diaries of Paul Klee, 1898-1918; University of California Press, 1968, p. 48
1895 - 1902

„The main thing now is not to paint precociously but to be, or at least become, an individual.“

—  Paul Klee

Diary entry (3 June 1902), # 411, in The Diaries of Paul Klee, 1898-1918; University of California Press, 1968
1895 - 1902
Contesto: The main thing now is not to paint precociously but to be, or at least become, an individual. The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions.

„Nature can afford to be prodigal in everything, the artist must be frugal down to the last detail.“

—  Paul Klee

Diary entry (Munich, 1909), # 857, in The Diaries of Paul Klee, 1898-1918; University of California Press, 1968, p. 236
1903 - 1910
Contesto: Nature can afford to be prodigal in everything, the artist must be frugal down to the last detail.
Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn.

„His [ Van Gogh's] pathos is alien to me, especially in my current phase, but he is certainly a genius. Pathetic to the point of being pathological, this endangered man can endanger one who does not see through him. Here a brain is consumed by the fire of a star. It frees itself in its work just before the catastrophe. Deepest tragedy takes place here, real tragedy, natural tragedy, exemplary tragedy. Permit me to be terrified.“

—  Paul Klee

Quote (1908), # 816, in The Diaries of Paul Klee; University of California Press, 1964; as quoted by Francesco Mazzaferro, in 'The Diaries of Paul Klee - Part Three' : Klee as a Secessionist and a Neo-Impressionist Artist http://letteraturaartistica.blogspot.nl/2015/05/paul-klee-ev.html
1903 - 1910

„The eye travels along the paths cut out for it in the work.“

—  Paul Klee

I.13 Productive | Receptive, p. 33
1921 - 1930, Pedagogical Sketch Book, (1925)

„In art, too, there is room enough for exact research... What was accomplished in music before the end of the eighteenth century has hardly been begun in the pictorial field.“

—  Paul Klee

quote of Paul Klee from the text Exact experiments in the realm of art, 1928; as quoted in 'Klee & Kandinsky', 2015 exhibition text, Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau Munich, 2015-2016 https://www.zpk.org/en/exhibitions/review_0/2015/klee-kandinsky-969.html
1921 - 1930

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