Paul Klee A Retrospective Exhiibition 1879-1940 from The Guggenheim Museum

pdf from the museum

First of all, the art of living; then as my ideal profession, poetry and philosophy, and as my real profession, plastic arts; in the last resort, for lack of income, illustrations.
—Paul Klee.

 Paul Klee (German pronunciation: [ˈkleː]; 18 December 1879 – 29 June 1940) was born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland, and is considered both a German and a Swiss[a] painter. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that includedexpressionismcubism, and surrealism. He was also a student of orientalism.[1] Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually mastered colour theory, and wrote extensively about it; his lectures Writings on Form and Design Theory (Schriften zur Form und Gestaltungslehre), published in English as the Paul Klee Notebooks, are considered so important for modern art that they are compared to the importance that Leonardo da Vinci's A Treatise on Painting had for the Renaissance.[2][3][4] He and his colleague, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, both taught at the German Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture. His works reflect his dry humour and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and also his musicality.
Paul Klee

Klee in 1911, photographed by Alexander Eliasberg
Born18 December 1879
Münchenbuchsee bei Bern, Switzerland
Died29 June 1940 (aged 60)
Muralto, Switzerland
NationalityGerman/Swiss
FieldPainting
TrainingAcademy of Fine ArtsMunich
MovementExpressionismBauhaus,Surrealism
Worksmore than 10,000 paintings, drawings, and etchings, includingTwittering Machine (1922), Fish Magic (1925), Viaducts Break Ranks (1937).

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