Salida de la luna St. Germain – (Paul Klee) Previous Next


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Style: Expressionism

Topic: Saints

Date: 1915

Size: 18 x 17 cm

During a trip that Paul Klee made to Tunisia for two weeks together with Louis Moilliet and August Macke in August 1914, Klee and Moilliet spent Easter weekend in St. Germain near Tunis. On the evening of Easter Sunday, Klee wrote in his diary: “The evening is indescribable. And to top it all, there’s a full moon rising. Louis pushes me: I should paint it. I say: It’ll be an exercise at best. Naturally I fail vis-à-vis nature. But I’ve learned something. I know the way from my failure to nature. That is a personal affair for the coming years.” In these words, like in the example of the aquarelle, art seems to be something independent, for which a natural model is, however, necessary: Houses, the sea and the moon are reduced to their basic forms and more hinted at than depicted. There are also fields which seem just abstract forms if you are unaware of what Klee was looking at. It is in this state suspended between abstraction and figuration – and naturally also in the subtle harmony of colors in the depiction – that the special quality of this work lies.

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