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Notebooks. Volume 1: The Thinking Eye. Volume 2: The Nature of Nature

New York: George Wittenborn, Inc., 1961-73. 1st Edition. 2 vols., quarto, publisher's brown cloth, spines stamped in yellow and green, ocher and green endpapers, original illustrated dust jackets.

"Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible." Comprehensive two-volume reproduction of Swiss-born Blaue Reiter/Bauhaus painter Paul Klee's working notebooks (as distinct from his celebrated personal diaries). The first volume, published under the title The Thinking Eye, centers on Klee’s writings on art theory and aesthetics, with his notes written for his legendary lecture series at the Bauhaus, while the second volume, The Nature of Nature, focuses on his creative output, and includes formal examples and exercises he used while teaching that complement and extend the material presented in volume one. The work appeared as part of publisher and bookseller George Wittenborn’s important series Documents of Modern Art, conceived as a means to reproduce and disseminate writings by major international artists which had only appeared in small, lesser known publications, in collaboration with bookseller Heinz Schultz, the painter Robert Motherwell (who served as general editor), and MoMA chief librarian Bernard Karpel. Illustrated with 23 color plates and thousands of black-and-white drawings and reproductions; with extensive notes, lists of works, and bibliographies compiled by Karpel. Issued as d.m.a volumes 15 and 17 respectively. Unclipped dust jackets with some rubbing and chipping to spine-ends, soiling to rear panels, with two small closed tears to top edge of upper panel of vol. II. A very good or better set of an indispensable reference for scholars and enthusiasts of modern art, uncommon complete in two volumes. Item #4052

$700.00

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