Klingsor’s Last Summer (Klingsors letzter Sommer) is a novella by Hermann Hesse, written in  1920.  It follows the life of this German painter (who perhaps may be categorized as a “fauvist”) in Switzerland following the finish of the Great War and traces his life and passions up to his death shortly after  the painting of a “self-portrait,” chronicled in the story.  I have ritualistically read this novella almost every summer.  As the years have past my interpretations of the meanings have shifted; what seemed an engagement of the visual and a passion for living has evolved into a preeminence of death.  I have traced the colors described in each chapter of this story, starting
from the center outward.  The colors are found by entering their description into an internet search program.  The subsequent pictures are entered into an imaging processing program and sampled.  These samples make a palette of colors that are used to make each subsequent color ring or disk in the visual works.  This way an overview of the chromatic texture of each chapter becomes evident and changes how I relate to this influential story.  The works are printed in two sizes: 34” x 34” and 29” x 29.”  They are printed with K3 inks on Moab Entrada papers.

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KLS (Klingsor’s Last Summer)  2007

Lewis deSoto