By Paul Klee
First electronic version of this vintage of artwork and philosophy, now in a searchable format.
'The writings which compose Paul Klee's conception of form
production and pictorial shape have an analogous significance and
the similar which means for contemporary artwork as had Leonardo's writings
which composed his idea of portray for Renaissance art.
Like the latter, they don't represent a real and proper
treatise, that's to assert a set of stylistic and technical
rules, yet are the results of an introspective research which
the artist engages in in the course of his paintings and within the mild of the
experience of truth which involves him within the path of
his paintings. This research which accompanies and controls the
formation of a piece of paintings is an important element of the
artistic strategy, the purpose and the finality of that are brought
to mild through it . . .'
So writes Giulio Carlo Argan in his Preface to this first
volume of Klee's notebooks. The spine of his Bauhaus
courses used to be supplied through the lecture notes contained in
'Contributions to a conception of Pictorial shape' that are here
published of their entirety. From greater than 2,500 pages of the
notebooks (consisting of memoranda, educating projects,
constructive drawings, and sketches for his images) it has
been attainable to reconstruct extra classes of instruction.
Also integrated are the 'Creative Credo', 'Ways of Nature
Study', the Jena lecture of 1924 and the essay' Exact
Experiments within the Realm of Art'.
The quantity incorporates a outstanding choice of over one
thousand drawings which illustrate the notes, in addition as
188 half-tone illustrations, 8 of those reproduced in complete colour.