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Pedagogical Sketchbook: Introduction by Sibyl Moholy-Nagy
'One of the most famous of modern art documents - a poetic primer, prepared by the artist for his Bauhaus pupils, which has deeply affected modern thinking about art . . . This little handbook leads us into the mysterious world where science and imagination fuse.' Observer
Paperback, 64 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by Faber & Faber
(first published 1925)
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I expected to zoom right through this book, given its short length. This is definitely not one of those types of books. This is one of those books that shifts in meaning as one becomes more experienced. Shortly after reading this I read The Tree of Life: Image for the Cosmos, by Roger Cook, and found that a brief passage in that book was especially helpful in shedding some light on Klee’s thoughts. It’s below (it appears on page 30 in the book), although it means less when taken out of context:
So.. I was expecting a book similar to Alber's 'Interaction of Color', but this one is even more abstract, if that's possible. I wanted to read some of his diaries and classroom notes because I watched a documentary that showed glimpses of the sheer amount that he wrote, and I'd like to hear WHY he did what he did with his art. Of all of the early expressionists he seemed to have the most theories to work from, and his art grows on you the longer you sit with it, you keep feeling there's ...more
Apr 07, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Artists
Recommended to Susan by: Painting Professor
Ok. Let's talk about Pedagogical Sketchbook. Here Klee does for the line wht Kundera tries to do for the novel in The Art of the Novel. Pedagogical Sketchbook is the place where Klee gives a drawing lesson, and defines the meanings and implications of different lines. He also gives lessons in perspective drawing, and on how to think about images. He does this through drawings which are scattered throughout the text. Though this is a picture book, it's an extremely challenging one. Please talk to ...more
lines are more interesting than planes, i kept thinking. sometimes, too logical for me; other times, too woo woo. also, i could tell the whole active-medial-passive thing was gonna culminate in masculine-active, feminine-passive zzzzs. but! some nice concepts, like: "one bone alone achieves nothing", "the eye travels the path the work cuts out for it" (but does it want to?), "the vertical describes the logical direction of the plane", "horizontality is either actuality or supposition".
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Small book packed with big ideas. It is a book that you will slowly digest, savoring every page. I would recommend exploring the ideas - draw the ideas. Once I captured the idea of progression, active and passive, the text became alive. An excellent and changing book.
Paul Klee; 18 December 1879 – 29 June 1940) was born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland, and is considered both a Swiss painter and a German painter. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He was, as well, a student of orientalism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually mastered color theory, and ...moreMore about Paul Klee...