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This essay includes the text of the speech given by Paul Klee as he presented his work at the Museum of Jena in 1924. Klee explained the relationship between the colors, lines, values, and so forth, of a painting based on a comparison with an image of a tree, and pointed out the correlation between the plastic qualities of his work and the roots, branches, sap, and so forth, of the tree.
Six issues of the Boletín de la Asociación Arte Nuevo [New Art Association Bulletin] were published between 1956 and 1958. The journal’s objective was to explore the theoretical aspects of the works of non-figurative artists, as well as to report on their projects-in-progress. Members of the commission included Manuel Álvarez (who translated Klee’s essay), Carmelo Arden Quin, Martín Blaszko, Ana Sacerdote, Luis Tomasello, Towas, Gregorio Vardánega, and Virgilio Villalba.
Manuel Álvarez is an Argentinean artist involved with the abstract art trend. He studied at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras [College of Liberal Arts] until 1946, and attended Jorge Romero Brest’s art history classes. Álvarez currently lives and works in Buenos Aires.
This essay was chosen because it illustrates the interest that was shown by this group in transmitting news concerning international abstract art to Argentina’s cultural milieu that, in turn, sought a means to sanction its own proposals. This essay is continued in “Ensayo de Paul Klee. Continuación” [Essay by Paul Klee: Continued] (document no. 757517), which was published in the following issue of the already mentioned Boletín de la Asociación Arte Nuevo.