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In Polyphony, 1932, "Klee uses primarily color to express his musical ideas. Background color blocks simulate the deep bass chords of a musical composition, but then on the painting’s surface, Klee superimposes tiny dots in different colors in luminous fashion — acting here too like the counterpoint of Bach’s polyphonic musical structures." This piece, in conjunction with other information about Klee, brought me to focus on color in relation to relative pitch in my final project. In 1914 Klee traveled to Tunisia, a trip which changed his perception of color, leading him towards abstraction and making the statement “Color and I are one. I am a painter”. Furthermore, in addition to constructing abstraction, Klee’s usage of color contrasted academic art since the Renaissance based on principles of absolute beauty and conventional color canons.

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