Paul Klee, 1879-1940

 

Paul Klee was a Swiss German artist whose highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism.

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Paul Klee, 1939

Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually deeply explored color theory, writing about it extensively; his lectures Writings on Form and Design Theory (Schriften zur Form und Gestaltungslehre), published in English as the Paul Klee Notebooks, are held to be as important for modern art as Leonardo da Vinci’s A Treatise on Painting for the Renaissance. He and his colleague, Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, both taught at the Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture. His works reflect his dry humour and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and his musicality.

First Row
top left, Paul Klee, Aarelandschaft, 1900, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
bottom left, Paul Klee, Hammamet mit Moschee,1914, watercolour and graphite on paper mounted on cardboard, 24 x 22 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY, USA
right, Paul Klee, Mit dem Adler, 1918
Second row, left to right
Paul Klee, Architektur mit dem Fenster, 1919, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
Paul Klee, Komposition mit Fenstern, oil and pen on cardboard, 50 x 38 cm, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
Paul Klee, Breitohrclown, 1925, hand puppet, 48 cm, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern Switzerland
Paul Klee, Côte de Provence, 1927
Third row, left to right
Paul Klee, Rhythmisches, 1930, oil on canvas, 70 x 51 cm, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FrancePaul Klee, Ad Parnassum, 1932, oil on canvas, 100 x 122 cm, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
Fourth row, left to right
Paul Klee, Still Life, 1940, oil on canvas, 100 x 81 cm, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
Paul Klee, Sadness

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Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

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From the Daily Mail, commenting on Klee’s exhibition in London, 1945-1946

DB Meeting No 16, 01/05/2018

 

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