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Glimpses of Silence

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Creative Love and the Way of the Mystic in Paul Klee

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This article interprets Klee’s journey into art in the context of the mystical teachings of Nicolas Berdyaev (1879–1940) and Klee’s trip to Italy. Berdyaev connects creativity with “divine Eros.” Therefore the creative act is erotic in nature. Klee’s art embodies Berdyaev’s creative ideal through an erotic love that he personally experiences, but that also has to pass through the fire of purification, of self-renunciation, of humility, and of asceticism in order that it might be transformed into creative love. The article suggests that Klee’s trip to Italy transforms Klee’s erotic energy into a creative or spiritual love, which his art illustrates.

Affiliations: 1: Stonehill College


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