Saturday, April 12, 2014

K = Klee, Paul, Artist - A to Z Blog Challenge

ART: Artists, Art Trivia, Art Legends

A glimpse of the ART world, in the manner of an alphabetical mini-art tour. ART focuses on artists and art movements between the 1850's-1960's. There are exceptions.

Paul Klee, photographed in 1911 by Alexander Eliasberg

K = Klee, Paul
1879 - 1940

Paul Klee, a German-Swiss painter was born in Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland. His painting style was influenced by several art movements, and he picked selectively from each what he could use.  Paul and Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky both taught at the German Bauhaus** School of Art, Design and Architecture.

Full Moon, 1919, by Paul Klee, PD*-WC


Klee has been linked with Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, and Abstract Art. Working in isolation from his fellow artists, he interpreted new art trends in his own way. He  worked in various media: oil, watercolor, ink, pastel, etching, and others, often combining different methods into one work.

Paul studied and experimented with color theory. His lectures on Writings on Form and Design Theory, published in English as the Paul Klee Notebooks, are held to be as important for modern art, as Leonardo da Vinci's, Treatise on Painting was for the Renaissance.

Klee suffered a wasting disease, scleroderma***, which became worse as he aged; he endured pain that was reflected in his later paintings. He died in Muralto, Locarno, Switzerland, on June 29, 1940, and was interred in Schosshaldenfriedhof, Bern, Switzerland. His legacy contains 9000 works of art.


Have you heard of Paul Klee or his notebooks on color? Do you like Klee's painting shown above? Do you see the color or the design when you first look at the painting?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and thanks for visiting! I'll respond.


Brought to you by the A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 Team and the originator: Lee of Tossing it Out. Click the A to Z list of participants and read on. Hope to see you again throughout the blogfest.


References Paul Klee Wiki Bauhaus School of Art

**The Bauhaus was a modernist art school of the 20th century. Part of its shaping came from the Arts and Crafts movement.

***Scleroderma or systemic sclerosis is a chronic autoimmune disease. To read more, check the wiki


Image Credit

*Paul Klee, photographed in 1911 by Alexander Eliasberg.

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Public Domain-Artwork - painting: Full Moon, 1919, by Paul Klee

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