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Jasper Johns
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.

Paul Klee
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).

Following 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
National Gallery of Art - Perilous Night by Jasper Johns
The Artchive - Jasper Johns - American Masters
MOMA - Jasper Johns, A Retrospective

More Paul Klee
Paul Klee - Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Artchive - Paul Klee
The Web Museum, Paris


White Flag by Jasper Johns
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, Temple Gardens
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


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