The Philosophical Vision of Paul Klee

Editor: John Sallis
Exploring the relation between Paul Klee's philosophical thought and art, this book deals both with the impact of Klee's art on recent philosophy and with the relation between Klee's own theoretical writings and his art. Through various approaches the contributors show how Klee's ideas are realized in his art and how, conversely, his art serves to expand and develop his theoretical conceptions.

Addressing temporality (Boehm); ascendancy and counterforce (Krell); artist as tree (Baracchi); visible space (Figal); nature sketches (Baumgartner); image of garden (Schmidt); prominence of rhythm (Barbarić); musical elements (Schuback); tragedy (Acosta); space of transformation (Vallega); Merleau-Ponty and Cézanne (Johnson)--these essays, taken comprehensively, mark a major contribution to the understanding of the philosophical depth of Klee's art and thought.

This book is a reprint of Research in Phenomenology Volume 43, Issue 3.


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Biographical Note

John Sallis is currently Frederick J. Adelmann Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He is the author of more than twenty books, including, most recently, Klee's Mirror, Logic of Imagination: The Expanse of the Elemental, and Transfigurements: On the True Sense of Art.

Table of contents

Introduction John Sallis Genesis: Paul Klee’s Temporalization of Form Gottfried Boehm The Way Back Down: Paul Klee’s Heights and Depths David Farrell Krell Paul Klee: Trees and the Art of Life Claudia Baracchi To the Margins. On the Spatiality of Klee’s Art Günter Figal Paul Klee. From Structural Analysis and Morphogenesis to Art Michael Baumgartner Klee’s Gartens Dennis J. Schmidt Rhythmic Movement Damir Barbarić In-between Painting and Music-or, Thinking with Paul Klee and Anton Webern Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback Tragic Representations: Paul Klee on Tragedy and Art, María del Rosario Acosta López Paul Klee’s Originary Painting Alejandro A. Vallega On the Origin(s) of Truth in Art: Merleau-Ponty, Klee, and Cézanne Galen A. Johnson Appendix


This book will be of interest to anyone who is concerned with the relation between art and thought.