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The city's castle

Painting, 1932, 30.5×36 cm

Description of the artwork «The city's castle»

Paul Klee almost never wrote pure abstraction. It was important to promote even the most conventional and decorative image to metaphysical meanings. The name was his additional artistic technique. The disciples remembered that the written works can months to stand in the workshop of glue placed at the walls until they was Association, accurate emotions, until there was a flash right words – and then the name. Only after that the picture could be considered finished.

Even when the glue invented his own pointillism – created the image in terms of how Sulfur and Signacand squares – there was no pure geometry. There was always something else: sounds, home, gardens, road.

Musician Klee captured the architecture, in which he felt and heard the rhythm, he certainly could play the violin most beloved buildings. And that rhythm gives rise to this net, simply the technique of filling in the squares with different colors. In recognition of the glue, this method of art – another creative quest and puzzle, which he loved to have fun: "...I was trying to achieve the most possible traffic with the least money (the savings obtained by the repetition of a limited number of simple structural units)".

The glue raskoldoval architecture, it is no longer frozen music – it moves and sings. The paintings of Klee is the feeling of the city, the feeling of the street. This is the categorical opposite of plein air painting, studying the subtleties of the landscape, it is the impression of movement through the street when not looking specifically at features of architecture, light or detail. You yourself are part of this urban landscape, you're the catcher of the light flux. And that's why I can look at everything from several points of view. For example, to see the house inside and outside, and the streets top and sides.

All the early collectors of Klee, buying paintings from the artist slightly obsessed. What. And it is not surprising that Richard Doetsch-Benziger before you start to assemble glue, collecting old books. He must have felt in the artist chronicler of something terribly distant, whether past, or future.

In 2011, the picture of the "town's castle" became the most expensive work of Klee sold at auction to a private collection. Its cost amounted to 4 million 252 thousand dollars.

Author: Anna Sidelnikova
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Architecture

Style of art: Abstractionism

Technique: Oil, Tempera

Materials: Wood

Date of creation: 1932

Size: 30.5×36 cm

Artwork in selections: 19 selections

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