Paul Klee—Ad Parnassum
Landmarks of Swiss Art
Paul Klee’s studies on polyphonic painting: the beginning of a new period
1st edition, 2021
Texts in English and German
96 pages, 33 color illustrations
21.5 x 25 cm
In the 1920s, German-Swiss artist Paul Klee (1879–1940) began his long-lasting engagement with polyphonic art—multi-voiced way of painting analogous to musicA relentless experimenter, Klee began these studies while teaching at the Bauhaus in Dessau, developed them further during his tenure at the art academy in Düsseldorf, and brought them to conclusion after his return to Switzerland in 1933. In this book, distinguished art historian Oskar Bätschmann explores Klee’s seminal painting Ad Parnassum (1932). Painted shortly after the artist’s departure from the Bauhaus, it symbolizes a new era, also one of Klee’s own self-discovery. Bätschmann documents how the artist strove for a connection of music and painting in his color hues and in the rhythmic movement of colored dots.
Richly illustrated, this book places Klee’s polyphonic understanding of art in an art-historical context by using this key work and offers insight into the synesthetic thinking that emerged in the art world during that time.
Oskar Bätschmann was a professor of early modern art history at the University of Bern until 2009. He was a member of the Paul-Klee-Stiftung and co-initiator of the Catologue raisonné of the artist published from 1998 to 2004.
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