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Crescent Moon over the RationalPhilosophical Interpretations of Paul Klee$
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Stephen H. Watson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761253

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761253.001.0001

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Heidegger, Klee's Turn, and the Origin of the Work of Art

Heidegger, Klee's Turn, and the Origin of the Work of Art

(p.93) 4 Heidegger, Klee's Turn, and the Origin of the Work of Art
Crescent Moon over the Rational
Stanford University Press

This chapter analyzes Martin Heidegger's interpretation of Paul Klee's works based on his essay The Origin of the Work of Art, explaining that Heidegger described Klee's works as he did the Greek temples and claimed that, in Klee, something has happened that none of us yet grasps. It also mentions Heidegger's discussion with Shinichi Hisamatsu in 1958, where he declared that he valued Klee higher than Pablo Picasso. The chapter also discusses Heidegger's condemnation of surrealism, abstract art, and objectless art to the failures of metaphysics, and highlights his belief that Klee is something of an exception to this.

Keywords:   Paul Klee, Martin Heidegger, Work of Art, surrealism, abstract art, objectless art, Pablo Picasso

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