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Paul Klee notebooks: form and mathematics

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GFSW04 - Form in art, toys and games

Paul Klee was one of the most prolific and original painters of the first half of the 20th century. Although he was influenced by Picasso, Kandinsky, and other contemporary artists, and engaged with Der Blaue Ritter, he forged his own artistic path apart from the currents such as cubism or surrealism. He was a dedicated art teacher, and left extensive notes for his lectures at the Bauhaus (1921-31). The notes were published in two volumes The Thinking Eye and The Nature of Nature, and constitute, in effect, Klee’s treatise on geometrical aspects of forms, perspective, motion and its depiction, growth, and many other topics. This presentation is a selective consideration of Klee’s recurring themes and a naïve attempt to organise them according to their mathematical and physical concepts.

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