Rhythmical | Paul Klee | 1930

Rhythmical | Paul Klee | 1930

Rhythmical | Paul Klee | 1930

Paul Klee, son of musicians, begins to study violin on an early age. Despite the desire of his family, in his teenage years, Klee decides to become a painter, because he thought that modern music had no meaning. However, he spent his whole life investigating the relation between these two branches of art.

He becomes a master in color theory and writes lots of text about it. The importance of Paul Klee’s notebooks for modern art is compared to da Vinci’s Treatise on painting for renaissance.

He meets Wassily Kandisky (another obsessed by color theory) and begin to teach design and architecture in the German Bauhaus school of art.

In 1912, Klee travels to Paris and there he is exposed to “pure painting”, it is, abstract art. But the true revelation happens when he visits Tunisia in 1914. There, amazed by the quality of light, Klee starts to think on whether the artist must be faithful to nature’s representation or not. He decides not. So, he’ll commit to a non realist art, it is, he is going to express himself in symbolists, expressionists and surrealist ways.

The title of the work Rhythmical, already confirms that the painting is related to music. The artist himself will say the he was inspired by piano keys, Here, we see a combination of black and white keys, related through a gray under a maroon background that highlights them. There are several interpretations regarding the number of keys for each line, column or in diagonal. But, to me, this seems to complicate things without any use.

~ by Álvaro Mazzino on January 7, 2011.

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