Saturday, September 8, 2012

Paul Klee, The Jewish Artist Who Wasn't Jewish, at the Boston Museum of Art

By Sebastian Smee
"Angelus Novus" by Paul Klee. Image courtesy of Wikipedia
(This angel of history remains in Israel, and not in the McMullen show)
MASSACHUSETTS---The world groans into view. What if you focused instead on what cannot be seen, on things invisible or not yet visible — or on the very shiver of becoming? You would be a philosopher. Or then again, you might be Paul Klee. Klee (1879-1940) is the subject of a captivating show at Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art. Comprising loans from the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland, and from a host of US museums (many of them New England college museums), “Paul Klee: Philosophical Vision: From Nature to Art” Klee... was labeled a Jew and a degenerate and fired from his teaching post in Dusseldorf — even though he was not in fact Jewish. [link]