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Paul Klee and the Decorative in Modern Art

Paul Klee and the Decorative in Modern Art

by Jenny Anger

One of the goals of Modernism was the presentation of the essence of art, or pure form. Encouraged by theorists, modern artists found pure form in ornament which, though promising, was sullied by connotations of materiality, domesticity, and femininity. Jenny Anger demonstrates that the decorative significantly informed Paul Klee's art. She compares his work to that of another major modernist, Henri Matisse, to confirm the critical role of the decorative in Modernism. Anger also explores the relevance of the decorative for contemporary and, especially, women artists.

Hardcover
342 pages
Cambridge University Press, 2004
10.2 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780521822503

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