Friday, September 23, 2011

Klee, Paul

The Golden Fish
Oil and watercolor on paper, mounted on cardboard
50 x 69 cm (19 1/8 x 27 in)
Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Paul Klee (1879 – 1940) was born in Switzerland, and is considered both a Swiss and a German painter.
Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually mastered color theory, and wrote extensively about it; his lectures Writings on Form and Design Theory, published in English as the Paul Klee Notebooks, are considered so important for modern art that they are compared to the importance that Leonardo da Vinci's A Treatise on Painting had for Renaissance.
He had a natural sensitivity to music, the least material of the arts, and it runs through all his work, clarifying his spellbinding color and dematerializing his images.

The Golden Fish, gliding through the kingdom of its underwater freedom, is a magical fish with runic signs upon his body, scarlet fins, and a great pink flower of an eye. He hangs majestically in the deep, dark blue magic of the sea, which is luminous with secret images of fertility.