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First digital edition of this classic of art and philosophy, now in a searchable format.The writings which compose Paul Klees theory of formproduction and pictorial form have the same importance andthe same meaning for modern art as had LeonardosMoreFirst digital edition of this classic of art and philosophy, now in a searchable format.The writings which compose Paul Klees theory of formproduction and pictorial form have the same importance andthe same meaning for modern art as had Leonardos writingswhich composed his theory of painting for Renaissance art.Like the latter, they do not constitute a true and propertreatise, that is to say a collection of stylistic and technicalrules, but are the result of an introspective analysis whichthe artist engages in during his work and in the light of theexperience of reality which comes to him in the course ofhis work. This analysis which accompanies and controls theformation of a work of art is a necessary component of theartistic process, the aim and the finality of which are broughtto light by it . . .So writes Giulio Carlo Argan in his Preface to this firstvolume of Klees notebooks. The backbone of his Bauhauscourses was provided by the lecture notes contained inContributions to a Theory of Pictorial Form which are herepublished in their entirety. From more than 2,500 pages of thenotebooks (consisting of memoranda, teaching projects,constructive drawings, and sketches for his pictures) it hasbeen possible to reconstruct additional courses of instruction.Also included are the Creative Credo, Ways of NatureStudy, the Jena lecture of 1924 and the essay ExactExperiments in the Realm of Art.The volume includes a magnificent collection of over onethousand drawings which illustrate the notes, as well as188 half-tone illustrations, eight of these reproduced in full color.