Thursday, October 20, 2016
Paul Klee: the musician of painters
"Transcendentalism was the common interest of the painters who formed the Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) in 1910. It was also a deep Bauhaus thought and practice.
Klee loved the "primitive," and especially the art of children. He looked for their polymorphous freedom to create signs, and respected their innocence and directness.
Klee was inspired by music and thought that music counterpoint (his favorite form) could be translated directly into shades of color and value, repetitions and changes of motif. Klee's compositions of stacked forms fan out like decks of cards or color swatches. The idea is to freeze time in a static composition, to give visual motifs the "unfolding" quality of aural ones.
Klee's beliefs were unabashedly transcendentalist.