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Title :

Paul Klee's memory in exile

Author :
WERCKMEISTER, Otto Karl ;
Conference :
International Congress of the History of Art (29th, 1996, Amsterdam); Memory & oblivion : proceedings of the XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art held in Amsterdam, 1-7 September 1996; Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Publishers ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
In 1915 Paul Klee had established for himself a reasoned equation between memory and abstraction and expressed it with the metaphor of the crystal. In 1934 he reactivated the metaphor under the impact of a text by André Breton about the crystal as the symbol of a biographical coherence of life and art. In 1940, he adapted the title, and biographical significance, of Paul Gauguin's Whence Do We Come? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? for a similar retrospective survey of his art. This recurrent quest for a reassurance of autobiographical continuity was Klee's response to the precariousness of his exile situation and his deteriorating health. Such a continuity was urgent for his notion of a cohesive 'development', which required the artist both to draw on earlier stages and to project the future direction of his oeuvre. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Abstrait (art) ; Ecrits d'artiste ; Exilés ; Klee, Paul, 1879-1940 ; Mémoire ; Suisse ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Abstract art ; Artists' writings ; Exiles ; Klee, Paul, 1879-1940 ; Memory ; Switzerland ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24975668 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 0792342135 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
NETHERLANDS ;