Rilke, Klee and the Primroses

Aleš Novák

Some aspects of modern painting, as it is exemplified by the work of Paul Klee, bring to view the metaphysical foundations of modern art, and consequently its links to nihilism. Following the criticism of Klee as formulated by R. M. Rilke, the paper concludes by analyzing Heidegger’s notion of art as the place where the truth of being appears in the shape of the „Gathering of the Four“.