Summer 1943 • Vol. V No. 3 Book Reviews |

Images with Abstract Titles

Paul Klee: Paintings, Watercolors, 1913 to 1939 edited by Karl Nierendorf. Oxford. $8.00 These are 67 reproductions, two in color, the best selection out, with pleasant reminiscences by Mr. Nierendorf, who represents Klee here, and critical remarks by James Johnson Sweeney. Mr. Sweeney is soft-spoken: easy to agree with, hard to learn from. It doesn’t matter, Klee speaks for himself. He does this partly with concepts, in his titles, so impatient people call him “literary.” I submit that a “literary” painter is one who illustrates popular fictions: Caxton’s “Poet in Landscape” is a shaggy young halfman in a scene out of Alice In Wonderland; or Chirico’s Horses By the Sea, a bulging moon and broken Greek columns and bulging horses with flowing manes (who look like Shelley) in heroic attitudes. But to call Klee an “abstract” painter is just as silly; Mr. Sweeney comes to that by making him out an architecturalist. What we call “abstract” painting is pure

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