Having a sense of the fugue’s rhythm and movement, I moved on to breaking down the visual elements in the Cooling in a Garden of the Torrid Zone. The painting is divided by horizontal lines that “are not unlike staves in a musical score. Onto the lines are hung different, repeated signs and characters that are like the notes of a musical bar.” In order to better understand the fundamental units of a visual work and what structures Klee paid attention to when painting I found a primary source, namely Klee’s pedagogical sketchbook. In it, Klee goes chapter by chapter to explain the components of visual construction. I arranged his notes by sections and summarized them in my own words, with my own illustrations that explain and provide quick reference to the visual units I will be dealing with when analyzing the building blocks of his painting.
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