He who acknowledged Cézanne as « the master par excellence » played a major role in the foundation of modern art, which he also thoroughly theorised. His personal notes have been integrally computerised and published online by the Paul Klee Center in Bern.

Paul Klee notes personnelles

We were familiar with On Modern Art, translated by Paul Findlay and published by Faber Faber as early as 1966. We had seen the sketches of surgical precision where nothing was left to chance. It’s somehow ironic coming from someone who wrote « The creative force eludes every denomination, it remains, ultimately, an indescribable mystery* ».

Paul Klee notes personnelles

Amongst Paul Klee’s notes, it is the musicality, the curves diving into infinite perspectives, the symbolic outreach of colorimetry, the calligraphed handwriting or the hasty scribbles that are the most compelling. In there lay the roots of the Bauhaus, where Paul Klee was a very early days professor (1920). To get lost in these archives is a great pleasure.

The document resource work achieved by the Paul Klee Center in Bern, last home to the author of the Pedagogical Sketchbook, is unbelievable. It is for now only available in German.


Visuals © Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

 *Paul Klee, On Modern Art