Books: Psychic Penmanship

THE DIARIES OF PAUL KLEE, 1898-1918, edited by Felix Klee. 424 pages. University of California Press. $10.

"I am abstract with memories," was Paul Klee's artistic credo, and he propelled 20th century art away from the imitation of nature toward the imitation of the human mind. He was mainly a draftsman, and his sharp pen point pricked out tense traceries of squiggles dots and arrows that are hieroglyphs of the heart. Now fully published in English as edited by his son, Klee's diaries sketch the memories that his art made abstract.

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