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Paul Klee / Photo, c. 1921.
Swiss painter and graphic artist;
Münchenbuchensee near Bern 18.12.1879 –
Portrait photo (Possenhofen), 1921.
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December 2019: 140 years since the birth of Paul Klee
December 2019 marks 140 years since the birth of Paul Klee (Swiss-German painter; 18 December 1879 – 29 June 1940):
Born near Bern in Switzerland, Klee moved to Munich for his studies and became involved with the Expressionist group “Der Blaue Reiter”, where he met
. Other later influences included Cubism, Surrealism and Orientalism and Klee
taught at the Bauhaus school
throughout the 1920s.
It was a brief trip to Tunisia in 1914 with fellow painters August Macke and Louis Moilliet that resulted in a new, warmer colour palette in Klee’s work. Fiery hues of red and orange began dominating his canvases. Klee himself remarked: "Color has taken possession of me; no longer do I have to chase after it, I know that it has hold of me forever... Color and I are one. I am a painter”. After returning home, Klee painted his first pure abstract work composed of rectangles and circles, "In the Style of Kairouan”.
From there on, Klee continuously experimented with colour and abstraction to create the unique style for which he is still remembered to this day!