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The Diaries of Paul Klee, 1898-1918

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Paul Klee was endowed with a rich and many-sided personality that was continually spilling over into forms of expression other than his painting and that made him one of the most extraordinary phenomena of modern European art. These abilities have left their record in the four intimate Diaries in which he faithfully recorded the events of his inner and outer life from his ...more
Paperback, 434 pages
Published June 1st 1968 by University of California Press (first published 1957)
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Charles  Beauregard
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: modernism-study
A very enjoyable diary of the early 20th century.
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I had push my way through what I thought would be a really exciting diary. Don't get me wrong because it is a good insight into how this man arranged his life and what was important to him. However, it doesn't reveal any great artistic secrets. His genius shines through in short theories here and there:

"Actually, the main thing now is not to paint precociously b to be or, at least, to become an individual. The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether
Nov 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: artists
Though I like to think Paul Klee was not a mortal, this book reveals the thoughts of his day to day life and the rational behind his genius paintings. This book helps me to appreciate his paintings in a whole new way.
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Genius from the inside out.
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The best book I've read in 2009.
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I bought the book straight after leaving the Paul Klee exhibition at the Tate Modern in London. Luckily I had a free ticket and was happy to have saved money from this spontaneous trip to the museum. But at the museum shop I spent it on this book, and I am glad I did so. During the exhibition, some of Klee's thoughts and quotes were printed on the walls and I was drawn to his writing and to his way of seeing the world.
This collection of diaries is a great telescope to the beginning of Klee, what
May 10, 2009 is currently reading it
As precisely light and lightly precise as his paintings.
I’ve been flipping through this book on and off for over a year; and his observations don’t seem at the time when you read them as being that profound. But you’ll be picking up some blackberries and one of his notions will float into your head that you read months ago.
Eleni Leontiou
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How I fell in love...with words
Eleanor Lux
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish it
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent document of seminal years in the life of this artist...
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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 wr ...more
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