Paul Klee Drawings
Paul Klee Drawings
I planned to publish a book on Klee's drawings more than twenty-five years ago, when Klee was still alive. In 1933 I assembled material for a first volume, covering works from 1921 to 1930, but when it was published in 1934, the Gestapo confiscated the edition. It was out of the question to go on with my plans for a second volume, covering drawings from 1930 on. Now, thanks to the interest of the publishing house of M.DuMont Schauberg in Cologne, the original plan for two-volume publication of the drawings is being realized. There will be a second volume, which will contain a catalogue of all of Klee's drawings. Collectors, both public and private, are urged to supply the author with lists of the drawings they own, so that the catalogue may be as complete as possible. The idea is to provide a great many small reproductions, so as to give an ensemble view of what is a truly varied output. Reproduction of every drawing has proved impossible. I must acknowledge with special gratitude the kindness of Felix Klee and the Klee Foundation in Bern in putting their treasures at my disposal. I wish to thank also the many collectors who have aided me. Their names will be found in the Catalogue of Works Reproduced (page 169).
I believe that the time has come to make accessible Klee's drawings to as wide a public as possible. Reproductions cannot, of course, replace the originals, but in most cases they can give a fairly good idea of Klee's work in the graphic medium. Klee regarded his drawings as highly important, and frequently expressed regret that they were so little appreciated and understood. He was surprised at my temerity in 1925, when I published a first essay on his drawings, for they were as yet known and admired by very few. It is hoped that this volume will widen the circle of admirers, and bring out Klee's remarkable originality in a fresh, though unquestionably basic, aspect of his life and work.