Points of Interest, After Klee

Paul Klee is one of my favorite artists. I found a couple of articles in David Sylvester’s book, About Modern Art: Critical Essays 1948-1997 (Henry Hold and Company, New York 1997) that have given me more insight into Klee’s later work (1937-1940).  Sylvester describes these compositions as pictures without a focal point. Sylvester references two works by Klee to exemplify this argument: Intention and Harmonized Combat. The former composition is chock full of signs and symbols in the midst of a maze; the latter seems to be a haphazard array of triangles and lines.  It is indeed hard to keep one’s eye focused on any one particular point in either of these works.

In my composition below, I tried to create pathways around my initial blots of color. I was hoping to create a bit of unbalance, albeit without the exquisitely planned detail of an eye-teasing Klee maze.

Watercolor: Abstract - Lines ala Klee

Points of Interest, After Klee
12″x9″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

 

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