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This book, a catalogue for an exhibit held at MOMA, is the best general publication in English on Klee's work. Beautiful reproductions, a clear chronologically organized text, it successfully answers the challenge of summing up the career of this giant of XXth century art. It is getting harder and harder to find, so if you can get your hands on it, it is an opportunity not to be lost.
We were fortunate to have obtained a windfall of 9 Klee books: First published in 1987 in accompaniment to a MOMA exhibit. Then RE worked and re-edited. This is THE definitive Klee art book!
1st an exhaustive in depth biography. An unbelievable historical journey. spanning all the various influences. Bringing to life the world around Klee and its changing climate as Klee matured into a master artist.
The 2nd half of this large art tome presents 213 exquisitely reproduced works of art. Drawings/ etchings/ paintings/ and puppets. The color scale exact. THe choices range from familiar KLee icons to rare works of wonder.
The text is interesting enough but the plates are a let-down. It is a pity the publisher chose not to take advantage of the book's size; the actual images do not even come close to filling the page. As for the reproduction quality, this may have been state of the art when the book was published, but compared to subsequent monographs, these suffer significantly by comparison. I would not recommend this book to anyone except those who collect Klee books.
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