New Harmony, 1936
The Rose Garden, 1920
Around the Fish, 1926
Born in Switzerland, though considered to be of German-Swiss nationality, Paul Klee (1879-1940) is one of my all-time favourite artists (I am therefore rather excited about the Tate Modern’s upcoming Klee show, which opens on the 16th October.) His style was a complimentary merging of expressionism and cubism, which often reminds me of surreal, contemporary illustration from children’s books. Klee also taught at the Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture, along with his friend and contemporary Wassily Kandinsky.
In 1914, Klee travelled to Tunisia. This turned out to be a visit that drastically altered the artist’s style, specifically concerning his use of colour, which gradually became less dedicated to nature, and caused his work to turn to abstraction. This is part of the reason why Klee’s work seems to combine so many styles and physical qualities. For example, the three examples I have posted here look as though they could have been done by three different artists.
Thank you to everyone who replied to my post with suggestions for ArtMastered. I am now planning an Italian Renaissance Week, probably in July, and I have lined up Paul Klee and Gerhard Richter as Artists of the Week. Film and architecture will also be more frequently featured, along with a bit of Bauhaus and contemporary painting (I am seeing the Gary Hume exhibition at Tate Britain next week!)
A special shout-out goes to ‘they-drown-us-out-at-sea’ who ended their suggestions with ‘All of the art in the world ever’. I’ll do my best ;)