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Paul Klee
Quotations



"Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see. "

"Color has taken possession of me; no longer do I have to chase after it, I know that it has hold of me forever. That is the significance of this blessed moment. Color and I are one. I am a painter."
 
"To define the present in isolation is to kill it."
 
"Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see. "
 
"I paint in order not to cry."
 
"It is no longer the flower in bloom but the force of its blooming which seeks expression."
 
"The artist knows a great deal but he knows it only after the event."
 
"I write words on the forehead and around the corners of the mouth. My human faces are truer than the real ones."
 
"I want to be as though newborn, to know absolutely nothing about Europe, to ignore poets and fashions to be almost primitive."
 
"Nature can allow herself to be lavish in everything; the artist must economize down to the last detail."
 
"Nature is eloquent to the point of confusion; the artist should properly be reticent. In addition, it is essential never to begin a painting with a preconceived idea of what it will look like when finished. Rather, one should devote oneself entirely to that part of the painting one is working on at any given time. The overall impression will then be underinned by considerations of economy-the effect of the whole will be based on a bare minimum."
 
"It's a good thing I knew nothing then nor anticipated how long the journey would be."
 
"The knowledge of the inner object is intuitive, acquired through intense study and inner vision."
 
"The more the student ascends in his conception of the world, the more does his development in the observation and perception of nature help him to the free creation of abstract forms, which, by way of the willed-schematic, reach a new naturalness, the naturalness of the work. He then creates a work, or takes part in the creation of works that are a simile to the work of God."
 
"Vagueness in one's work is therefore only permissible when there is a real inner need. A need which could explanin the use of colored or very pale lines, or the application of further vagueness such as the shades of grey ranging from yellow to blue."
 
"Nothing can be rushed. It must grow, it should grow of itself, and if the time ever comes for that work-then so much the better."
 
"To achieve vital harmony in a picture it must be constructed out of parts in themselves incomplete, brought into harmony only at the last stroke. "
 
"What my art probably lacks is a kind of passionate humanity: There is no sensuous relationship, not even the noblest, between myself and the many. "
 
"Like people, a picture has a skeleton, muscles and skin."
 
"Be winged arrows aiming at fulfillment and goal. "
 
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