Glimpses of Silence

Creative Love and the Way of the Mystic in Paul Klee

in Religion and the Arts
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This article interprets Klee’s journey into art in the context of the mystical teachings of Nicolas Berdyaev (1879–1940) and Klee’s trip to Italy. Berdyaev connects creativity with “divine Eros.” Therefore the creative act is erotic in nature. Klee’s art embodies Berdyaev’s creative ideal through an erotic love that he personally experiences, but that also has to pass through the fire of purification, of self-renunciation, of humility, and of asceticism in order that it might be transformed into creative love. The article suggests that Klee’s trip to Italy transforms Klee’s erotic energy into a creative or spiritual love, which his art illustrates.

Glimpses of Silence

Creative Love and the Way of the Mystic in Paul Klee

in Religion and the Arts

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See Philip WheelwrightHeraclitus 58.

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See AugustineThe Confessions of St. Augustine 9. 20.

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    Figure 1

    Ancient Sound, Abstract on Black (Alter Klang), 1925 (oil on cardboard), 38.3 × 38 cm. Inv. Nr. G 1960.25, Paul Klee (1879–1940) / Kunstmuseum, Basel /Martin P. Bühler© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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    Ad Parnassum, 1932 (oil and casein paint on canvas), Paul Klee (1879–1940) / Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland / Bridgeman Images© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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    Figure 3

    The Light and so Much Else (Das Licht und Etliches), 1931 (watercolor and oil varnishon canvas), 99.5 × 98 cm. Image ID: 2767, Paul Klee (1879–1940) / München, Pinakothek der Moderne /© Blauel Gnamm—ARTOTHEK© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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