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.

This work is in the public domain in those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 80 years or less.
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Public Domain-Artwork - painting: Full Moon, 1919, by Paul Klee

The author of this artwork died more than 70 years ago. According to U.S. Copyright Law, copyright expires 70 years after the author's death. In other countries, legislation may differ. More


  1. I truly enjoyed Full Moon. I hate it that he warred with a painful, wasting disease for so many years. Do produce beauty out of pain is a rare acheivement. My heart is with you in yours and with your husband's.

  2. Thank you, Roland, I may write a tribute to Nellie after April for Mother's day on the 21st century blog, but I can't now. It's too fresh. I appreciate your comments.

    So many labor under bad conditions, and then their art or their writing is forgotten. I like to keep their lives and their art, which is always intertwined, in the public memory.

  3. I was just reading Throne of Fire with my son, and one of the characters died of wasting disease. I had no idea what it was - I thought it was leprosy. Thanks for explaining it!

    1. Those types of diseases are savage as they progress.

  4. I'm not very familiar with Klee's work, but a favorite music album of mine was by Chuck Mangione's art rock group The National Gallery. The put out a very quirky album called "Musical Interpretations of the Paintings of Paul Klee" it's odd music from 1968. Each song interprets one of Klee's paintings. Personally I love the album but some would say I have strange tastes in music. I don't think so.

    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

    1. It does sound quirky but blending music and art isn't that strange. Now, whether you have strange tastes - not sure about that yet. . .the BOTBs should reveal that!

  5. "He interpreted new art trends in his own way" -- I'd like to think that's the kind of artist I'd be. If I could draw anything better than stick figures...

    1. Stick figures have their purpose, too. I think most creative people do want to define their own art.

  6. Wow.... 9000 works of art. That is quite an accomplishment!

    Not familiar with his work, but I like the painting featured!

  7. Well, I have already said that Cubism isn't my favorite. So, this painting is not really for me. BUT, I can appreciate the fact that he painted 9,000 works of art. What dedication. And those chronic autoimmune issues. Gah. Wasting disease. The name sounds terrible and I am sure the disease is even worse. The fact that he continued to work despite it... brava!

  8. A legacy of 9000 works of art! Now that is some legacy! He certainly had a mixture of styles. I like the painting you show. Probably cubist??

    I'm doing the rounds catching up on posts. Have been enjoying a hiatus at the beach which I blogged about today. I got your message re your April Fool post. Will look forward to it D.G.



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