Cover image for Paul Klee : selected by genius 1917-1933
Paul Klee : selected by genius 1917-1933
Doschka, Roland.
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Munich ; New York : Prestel, 2001.
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223 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 31 cm
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"Published in conjuction with the exhibition of the same name held at the Stadthalle, Balingen, Germany, from 28 July until September 2001" - T.p. verso.
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ND588.K5 A4 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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An extraordinary selection of Klee's masterpieces produced during the artist's most prolific period.

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Library Journal Review

The catalog for an exhibition at the Stadthalle in Baligen, Germany, this book presents works created during Paul Klee's most prolific and productive time. The exhibition was curated in cooperation with the Klee Foundation and for the most part displays works that Klee had kept for himself. The over 100 color plates are preceded by three essays and followed by a biographical time line. The first essay reveals that Klee can be viewed both as simple and accessible and as working in a wide stylistic field whose content defies simple iconographic analysis. The other essays compare the work of Klee and Picasso and discuss how Klee cataloged his works. Klee is the subject of many English-language publications, but editor Doschka presents some current thoughts about the artist and selects many prime examples of his work, allowing one to see the integral part Klee played in the avant-garde of his day. Supplemental reading might include Jean-Louis Ferrier's Paul Klee (Terrail, 1999) or Paul Klee, edited by Carolyn Lanchner (1987). Recommended for larger public libraries or libraries specializing in art history needing representation of Klee in their collections. Nadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Paul Klee created more than 9,000 works of art before his death in 1940 at age 60. Although not as long-lived as Picasso, Klee matched the Spaniard's prolific ingenuity of form and materials and surpassed him in use of color and tragic-comedy. There are still more books devoted to Picasso, but the number on Klee seems to be catching up. An exhibition at the Stadthalle in Balingen, Germany, generated this handsomely produced book, one of several on Klee this year. Featuring paintings from public and private collections in Switzerland and Germany, its 80 full-page color plates reproduce images not generally seen in color or at all. Unfortunately, Victoria Salley's "The Master Years 1917-1933" contributes nothing new and confusingly mislabels four Klee images. Roland Doschka's potentially fascinating comparison of Picasso and Klee is too brief and marred by careless editing. Christian Rumelin of the Klee Foundation provides the first detailed accounting of Klee's framing, selling, and recording of his pictures. This lengthy and fully footnoted essay seems out of place in a book pitched to a general audience. No bibliography but excellent chronology with excerpts from Klee's writings and family photographs. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates; graduate students. J. Simon University of Georgia