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November 2012

Exhibition note

by Leann Davis Alspaugh

On "Paul Klee—Philosophical Vision: From Nature to Art," which opened at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College on September 1 and remains on view until December 9, 2012.

In the satirical etching Comedian (1904), a rumpled-faced actor in a plumed helmet sports a mask that looks much like his own face. Klee, an accomplished violinist and music critic, was also an avid operagoer who considered opera the highest form of theater. This grotesque buffo character presents a maddeningly inconclusive image, but we can still delight in its expressionism and the energy of its pul ...

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Leann Davis Alspaugh is the managing editor of The Hedgehog Review

 


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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 31 November 2012, on page 46

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