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American artist. He is best known for his painting Flag (1954).
His work is often described as a ‘Neo-Dadaist’,
as opposed to Pop Art, even though his subject matter often
includes images and objects from popular culture. Early works
were composed using simple schemas such as flags, maps, targets,
letters and numbers. Johns’ treatment of the surface
is often lush and painterly; he is famous for incorporating
such media as Encaustic (wax-based paint), and plaster
relief in his paintings.
In 1998, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York paid
over twenty million dollars for Johns’ White Flag.
While I was at Pratt, Jasper johns was all the rage,
with a great deal of media attention and critical
acclaim. Pratt’s faculty went to some lengths to try
to explain what was the big deal with this guy.
Swiss Expressionist painter (1879-1940). He has been variously
associated with expressionism, cubism and surrealism but
his pictures are difficult to classify. They often have a
fragile child-like quality to them, and are usually on a
small scale. They frequently allude to poetry, music and
dreams and sometimes include words or musical notation. The
later works are distinguished by spidery hieroglyph-like
symbols. His better known works include Southern (Tunisian)
Gardens (1919), Ad Parnassum (1932), and Embrace (1939).
World War I, in which he was a medic in the imperial German
army, Klee taught at the Bauhaus, and from 1931 at the
Düsseldorf Academy, before being denounced by the Nazi
Party for producing “degenerate art”.
Klee was a
favorite of one of my Light, Color and Design instructors
at Pratt. I found Klee odd, but he grows on you after a while.
More Jasper Johns
Gallery of Art - Perilous Night by Jasper Johns
The Artchive - Jasper Johns
PBS.org - American Masters
MOMA - Jasper Johns, A Retrospective
More Paul Klee
Klee - Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Artchive - Paul Klee
The Web Museum, Paris
Jasper Johns (American, born 1930)
White Flag, 1955
Encaustic, oil, newsprint, and charcoal on canvas;
H. 78-3/8, W. 120-3/4 in.
(198.9 x 306.7 cm)
©Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Paul Klee (German,
born Switzerland, 1879–1940)
Temple Gardens, 1920
Gouache and traces of ink on paper;
H. 7-1/4, W. 10-1/4 in. (18.4 x 26.7 cm)
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987 (1987.455.2)
©1999 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn