Klingsor’s Last Summer

Gärtnerai, Hermann Hesse (1919) (one of Hesse’s first paintings, done around the time he wrote “Klingsor’s Last Summer)

There his last paintings were done, those free paraphrases on the forms of the world of phenomena, those strange, glowing, and yet dreamily tranquil pictures with their twisted trees and plantlike houses which connoisseurs prefer to the works of his “classical” period. At the time his palette had been reduced to a few, extremely vivid colors: cadmium yellow and red, Veronese green, emerald, cobalt, cobalt-violet, French vermilion, and crimson lake.

“Klingsor’s Last Summer,” Hermann Hesse


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