Saturday, 5 April 2008
The Magical Art of Paul Klee(1879-1940)
Death and Fire, Carnival in the Mountains, Villa R.
We all possibly know the famous Orson Welles lines from The Third Man, regarding art and social circumstances: "In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed. But they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love -- they had 500 years of democracy and peace. And what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."
He failed to mention, however, Paul Klee. Klee became associated with the Blaue Reiter group, who believed that they had a responsibility to "heal the gaping wound that separates man from his environment". Fittingly, in the world of fair is foul and foul is fair, Klee's work was denounced by the Nazi Party for producing "degenerate art" in 1933- "the work of a sick mind." And two aquatic examples of this degeneracy below, Fish Magic and The Golden Fish.