The Pedagogical Sketchbook by Paul Klee ; Introduction and Translation by Sibyl Moholy-Nagy
New York : Frederick A. Praeger, 1953. First American Edition. Hardcover. 60 pages ; illustrated ; 22 cm. $3.00 dust jacket with lots of rips and tears around the edges and two quarter-size piece of the dust jacket missing on the front of the jacket. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
Paul Klee occupies a unique position among the creators of modern art. Although he shed all ties with conventional presentation, he developed a closer and deeper relationship to reality than most painters. Without the need for imitation or idealization, he recorded proportion, motion, and depth in space as the fundamental attributes of the visual world. What he observed, he collected in his PEDAGOGICAL SKETCHBOOK, intended for the curriculum of the BAUHAUS in Germany. From the simple phenomenon of interweaving lines, it leads to the comprehension of defined planes, of structure, dimension, equilibrium, and motion. But he uses no abstract formulas. The student remains in the familiar world, that acquires news significance. Chessboard, bone, muscle, heart; a water wheel, a plant, railroad ties, a tight rope walker, serve as examples for the forty-three design lessons.
Klee's simple, straightforward drawings and captions are meant for layman and artist. A new viewpoint is established from which to watch the phenomenal world, and from which to abstract generally valid optical laws.
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