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Visible Deeds of MusicArt and Music from Wagner to Cage$
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Simon Shaw-Miller

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300083743

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300083743.001.0001

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Quasi Una Musica

Quasi Una Musica

Kupka and Klee, Music, and the Idea of Abstraction

(p.121) Four Quasi Una Musica
Visible Deeds of Music

Simon Shaw-Miller

Yale University Press

This chapter compares the role of music in the works of painters Frantisek Kupka and Paul Klee. It explains that Kupka considers music as a transcendental signifier, a re-presentation of the will, the spirit, and the idea, while Klee believes that it is to be understood as an organic, and already cultural, metaphor of growth, creation, and the forces of nature. The chapter also mentions that, for Klee, music was principally seen as a way to emphasize the dimension of time in visual art.

Keywords:   music, painters, Frantisek Kupka, Paul Klee, transcendental signifier, metaphor of growth, visual art

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