Paul Klee

1879-1940 Switzerland-Abstract

 

Brief Biography-Paul Klee was born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland. Both of his parents were musically inclined, he was first trained as a violinist but was also a gifted poet. Art however, was his choice of profession and he went to Munich to study under Franz Ritter von Stuck in 1898. He returned to work in Berne until 1906 where he got married and moved back to Munich to exhibit his works afterwards. He was influenced by the works of artists such as Van Gogh and Matisse whose use of colour impressed him most, despite the fact that his paintings were typically black and white. It was the works of the Blaue Reiter artists and also Robert Delaunay that inspired him the utmost. His transition to colour came about when he was overwhelmed by the light of Tunisia which he visited with August Mache and Louis Moilliet in 1914.
He went through troubled times when his friends Franz Marc and August Macke were killed during the war, however, when he was enlisted to the army he was able to continue with some of his works.
In 1920 he entered the Bauhaus to teach, followed by Wassily Kandinsky a year later. By this time his spirits and financial position were greatly lifted, he was enjoying a successful career exhibiting and travelling, he visited Egypt where he gained considerable inspiration. In the 1930s the swiftly changing political developments led to the closure of the Bauhaus and he joined the Düsseldorf Academy to teach in 1931. In 1933 he had to resign and return to Berne after his art was held up as degenerate by the Nazi regime.
He entered into a progressive period back in his homeland, his work was celebrated and he continued to travel. In 1935 however, he was diagnosed with an incurable disease. He was able to work intermittently during the following years but he died in 1940.

 

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Gates of
Kairouan

Before the gates of Kairouan

Twittering
machine

Twittering machine

Affected
Place

Affected Place

Fohn Wind in
Marcs Garden

Fohn Wind in Franz Marcs Garden


Double

Double

Flower
Myth

Flower Myth


Harmony

Harmony of Rectangles with Red Yellow Blue White and Black

Has Head
Hand

Has Head Hand Foot and Heart

High
Spirits

High Spirits


Individualized

Individualized Altimetry of Layers


Kettledrummer

Kettledrumme


Moonrise

Moonrise

Legend of
the Nile

Legend of the Nile


Musician

Musician

Houses
in Tunis

Red and Yellow Houses in Tunis


Revolution

Revolution of the Viaduct

The
Goldfish

The Goldfish


Untitled

Untitled

Vegetal
Strange

Vegetal Strange


Villa R

Villa R

Highways
and Byways

Highways and Byways

Motif of
Hammamet

Mktif of Hammamet

Full
Moon

Full Moon

City
of Churches

City of Churches

Rock
Flora

Rock Flora

Concert of
the Parties

Concert of the Parties

Death and
Fire

Death and Fire

Fish
Magic

Fish magic

With
the Eagle

With the Eagle

ancient
sound

ancient sound