Canal March

Paul Klee: The equilibrist of the visible

José Jiménez


"Art does not reproduce the visible, but makes the visible." Paul Klee's first sentence in his "Creative Confession," a text from 1920 in his mature years, is both a reflection on the artistic process: on how the construction of the work unfolds, and a clear statement of intent about the purpose of art. Beyond all mimetic submission, Klee situates the objective of the plastic arts not in the mere reproduction, but in the construction or realization of the visible. If that is the objective, the artist must travel through problematic, unknown territories in search of that material that must be shaped as the horizon of vision.

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