Tyler Green has been making links to tweets about people's favorite small paintings, here
Though I don't have a favorite small painting per se
, I do have a favorite small scale painter, Paul Klee. He's ultra influential these days with his lyrical pre-minimalist and fairytale theatrics, which relate to artists like Chris Johanson, Mark Grotjahn and Tomma Abts
etc. Even architects like Steven Holl with his perforations
, Rem Koolhaas's irrationally rationalized materials, Zaha Hadid's fugal curves
and Herzog & de Meuron etc. They all owe him a great deal and I think his effect on the Bauhaus hasn't been fully explored.
, Paul Klee (1932) Berggruen Collection at the Metropolitan Museum
Right now I currently have a crush on Klee's Clarification
, 1932 from the Berggruen collection at the Met. In its own absurdist way it doesn't clarify anything other than a feeling of intense present-ness.
Even this view showing a Brancusi in the reflection at the met is pretty devastating. This painting has poise, grace and poetry with a little unfussy roughness to keep it honest.
Even this detail shows how Agnes Martin and Richard Tuttle learned a thing of 2 from Klee.
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