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Paul Klee: Hand Puppets Hardcover – October 15, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers; 1st edition (October 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3775717404
  • ISBN-13: 978-3775717403
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Klee was born in Munchenbuchsee near Bern in 1879. In the early 1910s, he met Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc in Munich, and together they founded the Blaue Reiter movement. Through his involvement with Cubism, Klee then began to move towards abstract representation and to add greater depth of differentiation to his palette by using watercolor painting. He taught at the Bauhaus under Walter Gropius and later at the Dusseldorf Academy of Fine Arts, leaving his post to escape the Nazis for Bern, where he died in 1940.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. WATSON on October 13, 2006
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I just got this newly published book and it is simply wonderful. I have a huge puppet book library and having just skimmed through it, I am thrilled to see all photos/puppets are ones I've never seen anywhere else. The puppets of Klee are an absolute inspiration, and I am so glad there is a new book that introduces them to a new generation. The only other book about these puppets is in the range of $500.00 if you can even find one, so this is an absolute steal, and probably will become collectible as well. This is put out by the new Paul Klee museum and text and photos are all fascinating. You must have this for your puppet library!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pat Irish on January 11, 2007
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This is a great book for more "out there" puppeteers, artists and lovers of Paul Klee's art. His son, Felix, reminisces about his childhood with his artistic Papa, who built whimsical, sometimes scary and political, puppets for his young son's enjoyment. There are many photos of the restored puppets and Felix's stories about them and his father are charming.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nagagirl on March 12, 2009
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If you like the work of Klee, this book will show a larger picture of
his life, family and times. The puppets are raw and made with whatever
was near. With a light hand, the political and social events
are added to give a feeling of where these were created in time.

These puppets seem very modern and ancient at once. So glad to have it in
my collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Damon Rich on December 13, 2008
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If you are familiar with Klee's museum work, this book will knock your socks off! I was on an art holiday in SoCal, not having yet had a chance to look through the Norton-Simon Museum, and I discovered this book. I had to work at associating Klee's work that I knew with the material in this book. These puppets are insight to the mythology of his family and his ethnic and cultural history. These are raw and sweet. I was quite taken aback. I thought is this the doodle guy who occasionally draws happy faces? Okay. A gross characterization. But these very intimate pieces provide an insight into the personal world of Paul Klee and a sense of play and delight. Hard to believe these were never catalogued as a part of his oeuvre. With a grandmother of 92, with a rich history, I may work, her and I, on a few puppets. Inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Hale on February 24, 2013
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Such a fascinating topic. Nicely done book. I love these private types of work, done out of love and passion, but not revealed to the rest of the world.
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