Although he shed all ties with conventional presentation, he developed a closer and deeper relationship to reality than did most painters of his time. Without any attempt at imitation or idealization, he recorded proportion, motion, and depth in space as the fundamental attributes of the visual world. From the simple phenomenon of interweaving lines, his work leads to the comprehension of defined planes-of structure, dimen sion, equilibrium, and motion. But he employs no abstract formulas. Chessboard, bone, muscle, heart, a water wheel, a plant, railroad ties, a tightrope walker-these serve as examples for the forty-three design lessons.
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Start your review of Pedagogical Sketchbook Write a review May 18, jw rated it it was amazing I expected to zoom right through this book, given its short length.
This is definitely not one of those types of books. This is one of those books that shifts in meaning as one becomes more experienced. Shortly after reading this I read The Tree of Life: Image for the Cosmos , by Roger Cook, and found that a brief passage in that book was especially helpful in shedding some light on Klees thoughts. Its below it appears on page 30 in the book , although it means less when taken out of context: It I expected to zoom right through this book, given its short length.
It is about to become linear. In concrete pictorial terms: the seed strikes root. Initially the line is directed earthwards, though not to dwell there, only to draw energy thence for reaching up into the air. The trunk is the medium for the rising of the sap from the soil to the lofty crown. The linear forces gather within it to form a powerful stream, and they radiate outwards, in order to pervade the airspace at free height.
Hence forward articulation naturally becomes more and more ramified and open, to make the best of air and light. Leaves become flat lobes, the whole thing begins to resemble a lung, or gills, porous, subdivided, for a single purpose.
Let this entire organism now become an example of us — a structure functioning from within to without or vice versa. Let us learn: The whole form results from a single base, the base of inner necessity.
Need is at the bottom.
Paul Klee, Pedagogical sketchbook, 1968
Background[ edit ] During his teaching career at Bauhaus, Klee reflected on his own working methods and techniques. However, this book was published and translated later, after his death ; trans. Teaching concept[ edit ] Pedagogical Sketchbook is an intuitive art investigation of dynamic principles in visual arts. Objects are rendered in a complex relation to physical and intellectual space concepts. It is an exercise in modern art thinking. In her introduction, Sibyl Moholy-Nagy divides the book into 4 different parts corresponding to the 4 conceptual frameworks.
Paul Klee: Pedagogical Sketchbook