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Paul Klee Writes that he must "concentrate right now on my production" during his most prolific period

Category: Art
Item Number: 14336
Price: $7,500

Paul Klee

Significant modern artist whose individual style was influenced by and participated in movements including expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. An extremely rare Autograph Letter Signed and dated May 18, 1929 from his home and studio in Dessau. The letter was written during Klee's most prolific period, when some of his most recognizable works were created. Expressing awareness about the importance of harnessing a moment of creative energy, Klee writes of his choice to "concentrate right now on my production and put everything else to one side that is not important." This is a significant letter about Klee's artistic process, and we have only seen one other like it on the market in over 30 years. Klee writes in full in his hand, "My wife, who usually helps me with these kind of things, will return today. Please be a little bit patient, because I not only receive many letters and am very busy, but I also have to concentrate right now on my production and put everything else to one side that is not important." He signs boldly, "Klee." Hand-addressed to the reverse by the artist, Klee signs his name again more formally, "Professor Klee" to the top left. Only four months before this letter, Klee had returned to from a trip to Egypt. He felt profoundly inspired by the clean lines and simplicity of the 5,000 year old culture he had witnessed, and he felt inspired to pare down his already clean and simple style. The resulting inspiration led to the rapid production of some of Klee's most advanced and identifiable artwork. Completely devoted to his creative endeavors, Klee resented all outside distraction, as he notes in this letter, "I not only receive many letters and am very busy, but I also have to concentrate right now on my production." For the next year, Klee spent most of his time painting fervently in his studio within the house he shared with fellow painter Kandinsky. Klee's total devotion to art at this time was crucial; only a few years later the pressure of anti-Jewish sentiment forced him to leave Dessau, followed by a decline in his health which ultimately led to the painter's early death. But during the golden year of 1929, as he was writing this letter, Klee produced many such masterpieces as his "Fire in the Evening", "Highways and Byways", "Uncomposed Objects in Space", "Monument in Fertile Country", "Fishing Streamer", "Clown Pyramidal", and "Strong Dream." The same year, an extensive monograph on Klee was published by the Cahiers d'Art publishing house in Paris, and the Flechtheim Gallery in Berlin held an exhibition to mark the occasion of his fiftieth birthday. An excellent letter on his artistic process, written at the same time the modern artist was achieving some of his greatest work. Extremely rare, as we have seen only one other letter like it on the market in 30 years. The letter is in excellent condition with a small bend to one corner.

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