Frequently hailed as the capstone of Paul Klee's career, his Composition on a Black Ground (often called Last Still Life) has never been subjected to extensive analysis. This study interprets this masterpiece by placing it within the context of Klee's life, work, and thought, as well as within the larger field of the contemporary European intellectual milieu. The result shows Klee as a kindred spirit of well-known contemporaries like Rainer Maria Rilke, Carl Gustav Jung, and Martin Buber, and explains how his final painting is the profound, comprehensive statement of a dying artist.
About the Author
The Author: Mark Luprecht received his academic degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Florida State University. Since 1987, he has taught for the University of Arizona's Humanities Program where he is Director and Associate Professor. In addition to articles, Luprecht published a study of Freud and Arthur Schnitzler entitled, «What People Call Pessimism»: Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler and Nineteenth-Century Controversy at the University of Vienna Medical School (1990).
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||xi|
|Chapter 1||Where are We?||9|
|Chapter 2||Between and Beyond Things||17|
|Chapter 3||Angels and the Angel, Still Ugly||61|
|Chapter 4||Complementary Oppositions||105|
|Conclusion: Good Night and Goodbye||121|
|Index of Names||183|