Paul Klee: Irony at Work - the exhibition catalogue from Centre Pompidou available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Paul Klee: Irony at Work

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'The king of whimsy and lightheartedness, Paul Klee, is the focus of this career-spanning volume. This isn't your normal artistic exploration, though. Featuring more than 250 works, the volume tracks the trajectory of Klee's extensive oeuvre by honing in on its larger philosophical context. As we dig deeper, we discover that German Romanticism and satire had a lot to do with shaping his storied career. Art and philosophy have never looked so cool and colorful' - Interview Magazine 

A handsome book tracking the trajectory of Klee's oeuvre

Known for its whimsy and levity, Paul Klee's art is often considered gleefully childlike. This companion book to an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou illustrates how Paul Klee's critical and ironic take on life was evident in every stage of his oeuvre. 

Featuring approximately 250 works, this careful appreciation of Klee connects each stage of his career to the larger philosophical context. Exploring the satires and caricatures of Klee's youth, his experimentations in Cubism and mechanical theatre, and the constructivist approach of the Bauhaus school, this book follows the trajectory of Klee's oeuvre as a reflection of prevailing styles. It closes with the artist's final years, in which he was labelled a degenerate artist by the Nazi regime and struggled with illness.

Viewed through the many facets of irony as a complex theme, and against the backdrop of Europe's seismic political and artistic movements, Klee's body of work takes on a renewed significance as one of the most critical of its generation's.

  • Author: Angela Lampe, Curator of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou
  • Hardcover: 312 pages | 300 colour illustrations
  • Date published: July 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3791355436
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 23.5 cm

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