Monday, June 29, 2009

PAUL KLEE d. JUNE 29th 1940

paul klee was one of the first painters i liked back in mr. manning's art class at workman jr high school. i suppose it was the colors & maybe the primitivism, which at the time felt more child-like than primitive. you certainly don't have to look far to see where his influence spread. the words on his tombstone read: "I cannot be grasped in the here and now, For my dwelling place is much among the dead, As the yet unborn, Slightly closer to the heart of creation than usual, But still not close enough." the nazis didn't like him & the swiss refused him citizenship(until after his death)even though he was born there. he didn't enjoy the same popularity as picasso or kandinsky. he was influenced by tibetan buddhist art(specifically, mandalas). as an adolescent, i just saw the colors.

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