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Now available in paperback, this illuminating work examines the fascinating bond between music and painting in Paul Klee's art. A talented violinist as well as a painter, Klee drew much of the inspiration for his abstract art from musical rhythms and structure. Like a composer, he developed and harmonized pictorial themes, weaving a complex series of signs and symbols into Now available in paperback, this illuminating work examines the fascinating bond between music and painting in Paul Klee's art. A talented violinist as well as a painter, Klee drew much of the inspiration for his abstract art from musical rhythms and structure. Like a composer, he developed and harmonized pictorial themes, weaving a complex series of signs and symbols into his painting. Art historian Hajo Duchting focuses his study primarily on Klee's decade-long tenure at the Bauhaus, where the artist's theories and practice first merged, and where he was to develop his Color Spectrum, Square and Polyphone painting series. Illustrated throughout with full-color reproductions of Klee's paintings and etchings, as well as entries from his diaries, this unique study sheds light on an important aspect of Klee's work while providing insights into his development as an abstract artist.


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Now available in paperback, this illuminating work examines the fascinating bond between music and painting in Paul Klee's art. A talented violinist as well as a painter, Klee drew much of the inspiration for his abstract art from musical rhythms and structure. Like a composer, he developed and harmonized pictorial themes, weaving a complex series of signs and symbols into Now available in paperback, this illuminating work examines the fascinating bond between music and painting in Paul Klee's art. A talented violinist as well as a painter, Klee drew much of the inspiration for his abstract art from musical rhythms and structure. Like a composer, he developed and harmonized pictorial themes, weaving a complex series of signs and symbols into his painting. Art historian Hajo Duchting focuses his study primarily on Klee's decade-long tenure at the Bauhaus, where the artist's theories and practice first merged, and where he was to develop his Color Spectrum, Square and Polyphone painting series. Illustrated throughout with full-color reproductions of Klee's paintings and etchings, as well as entries from his diaries, this unique study sheds light on an important aspect of Klee's work while providing insights into his development as an abstract artist.

30 review for Paul Klee: Painting Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ramesh Abhiraman

    Prestel Munich|London|New York has re-issued this 1997 hardcover in flex cover in 2004,2016. Paul Klee's paintings contain structural patterns or attempts to translate temporal patterns from music (rhythms) into paintings. His paintings are non-representational and provoke in me feelings of hypnotic abstraction. Wassily Kandinksy and artists of the Blaue Raiter period tried to combine these synasthetic influences, such an influence being stronger perhaps in the case of Kandinsky. But Klee held mu Prestel Munich|London|New York has re-issued this 1997 hardcover in flex cover in 2004,2016. Paul Klee's paintings contain structural patterns or attempts to translate temporal patterns from music (rhythms) into paintings. His paintings are non-representational and provoke in me feelings of hypnotic abstraction. Wassily Kandinksy and artists of the Blaue Raiter period tried to combine these synasthetic influences, such an influence being stronger perhaps in the case of Kandinsky. But Klee held music supreme. The book makes connections between patterns traced by the tip of a conductor's baton, and a certain Klee painting, between lines of music, a Bach composition and a quaint and fine tesselation of a field in shades of blue green. Polyphonic painting is another chapter where the dots (more geometric than pointillistic) and colors almost make me think of the palette of Chris Ware, the creator of Jimmy Corrigan! The odd thing about the acquisition of this slim volume is the serendipity of association. I was at one of the final days of the Neue Galerie exhibit of Macke, and Marc. The two both belonged to Blaur Raiter period making them contemporaries of Klee. Macke represented "familiar everyday activities like Sunday walks and outings in the country side in a highly stylized manner with brilliant colors". Notwithstanding this, he painted a short series of abstract paintings including (A Homage to J.S.Bach) in the fashion of the 'musical painting' of this period. During this period, Marc painted "genuinely abstract compositions, the color and the rhythmical effect of which were in accord with his artistic aspirations". However he remained unconvinced by the Kandinsky efforts to harmonize color and sound which he thought vague and pointless. With Chapters titled, Klee's discovery of color and abstraction, At The Bauhaus, Polyphonic music, the role of music in Klee's later works, and possessing a wonderfully representative but not overwhelming visual palette to prove the theoretical discussion, the book is that elegant hybrid of a coffeetable book and a book to be read throughout, in other words, a cake that you can have and eat too. A short biography, arranged like a calendar, and end-notes that would make any purist happy round out the publication.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pete daPixie

    "I'm not fathomable at all in the here and now, since I live just as well with the dead as with the unborn, somewhat nearer the heart of creation than normal, but still nowhere near close enough." The inscription on Paul Klee's tombstone sums up my take on this artist's work. I can get close to the pointillist compositions from the 1930's period, but mostly I struggle with the unfathomable. However, I do very much like these Prestel 'living art' publications which are superb bright and colourful b "I'm not fathomable at all in the here and now, since I live just as well with the dead as with the unborn, somewhat nearer the heart of creation than normal, but still nowhere near close enough." The inscription on Paul Klee's tombstone sums up my take on this artist's work. I can get close to the pointillist compositions from the 1930's period, but mostly I struggle with the unfathomable. However, I do very much like these Prestel 'living art' publications which are superb bright and colourful biographies of the life and work of the featured artists.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    While I've always enjoyed Paul Klee's art, I had no idea that he was fascinated with conveying temporal and contrapuntal musical idioms in and through his art. Paul Klee: Painting Music by Hajo Duchting drew back the curtain to show me how Klee's philosophy of art and the artistic zeitgeist of the time worked itself out on the canvas. While I now see the music in his art, this book would take a second reading to really hear it. While I've always enjoyed Paul Klee's art, I had no idea that he was fascinated with conveying temporal and contrapuntal musical idioms in and through his art. Paul Klee: Painting Music by Hajo Duchting drew back the curtain to show me how Klee's philosophy of art and the artistic zeitgeist of the time worked itself out on the canvas. While I now see the music in his art, this book would take a second reading to really hear it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brigette

    I love Klee's work, and this book focuses on the intersection of his artistry as a musician with his artistry as a painter. Great reproductions of some of his works. I love Klee's work, and this book focuses on the intersection of his artistry as a musician with his artistry as a painter. Great reproductions of some of his works.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    While I love all things Klee, I was bothered by a few things in this book (which interfered with my offering four stars here). I don’t know if it’s the fault of the author or editor, but it bugs me that the book often references two or three different titles for the same work of art. This tendency can be confusing when looking back or forward to visual examples mentioned in the text. Likewise, there were too many mentions of art works not shown visually in the book at all. I guess that is a stand While I love all things Klee, I was bothered by a few things in this book (which interfered with my offering four stars here). I don’t know if it’s the fault of the author or editor, but it bugs me that the book often references two or three different titles for the same work of art. This tendency can be confusing when looking back or forward to visual examples mentioned in the text. Likewise, there were too many mentions of art works not shown visually in the book at all. I guess that is a standard practice in art folios, but it’s frustrating not to see something visually when it factors deeply into the color theory being discussed (as an example). On a personal level, I also longed to see a few more of my favorite Klee paintings; however, I recognize that those selections may not have been germaine to the textual focus. That said, I loved reading about Klee’s experiences as a musician that led to his artistic theories and practices. Worthwhile read! I love Klee’s work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Brumby

    Covers the connections between Klee’s painting and music through discussion of works in chronological order. The translation is clumsy and the content quite simple, but interesting, especially about his water colour techniques.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    If you love Paul Klee like I always have, read this book and you’ll understand that he’s an even bigger genius than you thought he was.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Engle

    Excellent introduction to the life and art of Swiss-born Paul Klee ... with lovely color plates and copious quotations ... inspires one to want to visit the Paul Klee Center in Bern ...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Very comprehensive book, yet short and sweet. Perfect for writing my art history essay. I enjoy the quality of works by Prestl publishing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    David Morrison

    Well written and a good selection of images. That said I read it because of Kandinsky's similar interest. Enjoyment 4, but as a piece of work 5. Well written and a good selection of images. That said I read it because of Kandinsky's similar interest. Enjoyment 4, but as a piece of work 5.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Very heavy handed. While music undoubtedly played an influence, this book takes liberties and makes assumptions.

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    Nick Arner

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    Deke

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    R. Patrick

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    Susan Richards

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    Brandon Seyller

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    Relja Petrovic

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    Arthur Borges

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    J G

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    Stan Bland

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    Scott Walker

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