Non-objective composition of darkly colored squares of similar size
Catalog #: 
72
Date: 
1925 (painting)
Artist: 
Subject Matter: 
Non-Objective

Medium: Lithograph
Size: 18 3/4 x 18 3/4 (image)
Location: Inside 334A LC
Donor: Donated by E.F. Lindquist; conservation and exhibition generously supported by Professor Emeritus H. Dee and Myrene Hoover.

About the Artwork

Lithographic print of a painting.

Paul Klee grew up playing music and making art. He ultimately decided to pursue art as a career. His work blends various art forms: music in his lyrical compositions, poetry in his interpretation of subjects, and his own personal writing. Klee painted Ancient Harmony around 1925. This is a print of the painting, which is in the collection of the Kunstmuseum, Basel. In this work, Klee's inspiration from music is clear in the rhythm he created through colored squares. The yellows seem to flicker across the work, producing movement and intriguing patterns. By using darker colors around the periphery of the composition and brighter ones near the center, he bestowed the work with an organic quality; it seems to grow and undulate before the viewer's eyes.

Bibliography

Colley, Ann C. "Paul Klee and the Fantasy of Synthesis." The Kenyon Review 9, no. 3 (Summer 1987): 1-15.

Keywords: 
Print, Print from Painting, Non-Objective, Geometric Shapes

More about Paul Klee

1879-1940
Nationality: 
Swiss