Ad Parnassum

* Artist: Paul Klee
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1932
 
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This is an interesting work. It represents the culmination of a series of experiments by Klee, who sought to redefine the traditional system of colour representation in a radial pattern around an axis consisting of red, yellow and blue (the three primary colours). Klee draw inspiration from nature and music: each element in the painting he described as an independent melody in a polyphonic composition. While, in a literal sense, the painting depicts the gate to Mount Parnassus (where, according to Greek mythology, Apollo and the Muses lived), some commentators have argued that it simultaneously describes the Egyptian pyramids (which Klee saw shortly before painting the work) and a mountain overlooking Klee’s residence in Switzerland.