Paul Klee – Oil Paintings/Reproductions
"Do not laugh, reader! Children also have artistic ability, and there is wisdom in their having it! The more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us…." Paul Klee
Paul Klee with his distinctive flair for painting was a pioneer amongst the artists of his time. His paintings are influenced by various art forms like cubism, surrealism and expressionism. During the course of his career he did a thorough study of the color form, and wrote quite detailed lectures about form and design in his book The Paul Klee Notebook.
This book is considered to be as important to modern art as Leonardo da Vinci’s Treatise on Painting was considered during the Renaissance.
Paul Klee was born in Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland in 1879. Born to a violinist father, Paul was initially quite a talented violinist himself and had been asked to play in the Bern’s Music Association at the mere age of 11.
Paul Klee could have done his way both as a musician and as an artist as an adult. In his early years, Paul Klee wanted to be a musician, but later he decided yet for the visual arts. Paul Klee studied art at the "Academy of Fine Arts" in Munich, together with Heinrich Franz von Stuck and Knirr.
After a trip to Italy, Paul Klee established himself in Munich, where he met Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and other avant-garde and the "Blaue Reiter" joined.
In 1906 he met his wife Lily Stumpf a Bavarian pianist. Together they had one child, a son named Felix. Lily’s income as a concert pianist often supported the family during Klee’s initial phase as an artist.
One of the most interesting facts about Klee’s art was that he refused to draw any distinction between writing and art. In fact most of his paintings were infused with signs, arrows, floating letters and ancient hieroglyphs. Often a simple line symbolized a person standing upright and so on. He had a deep interest in naturalism and did an ecstatic study of it which is apparent in many of his paintings.
Paul Klee was an idealist and his desire to paint was highly influenced by German Idealist Metaphysics. He was a great admirer of children’s art; in fact he often tried to mimic the same ease and minimalism in his own paintings.
1914 Paul Klee visited with August Macke and Louis Moillie Tunisia and was impressed by the quality of the light there, he wrote, "The color has me. I do not need to snatch at her. It took me forever, I know that. That's happy Hour meaning: me and the color are one, I'm a painter. ". Paul Klee also visited Italy (1901) and Egypt (1928), both influenced his art extraordinary. Klee was one of the "Blue Four", with Kandinsky, Feininger and Jawlensky. In 1924 she exhibited together in the USA. Klee influenced the work of many other well-known artists of the 20th century.
Experimentation In Art Forms
Paul Kleedid not limit himself to just one genre of paintings. He experimented with various mediums. He broke the usual rules of art like using oil paints on a canvas only and used paints on burlap, cardboard and muslin, simple everyday materials.
Paul Klee used to apply paints in an extraordinary way, for example he used the spraying and stamping techniques as well. His paintings are an amalgamation of child like simplicity, along with being both witty and extraordinary. They transcended beyond the realms of the real world in to a dream like stance. There was often no distinction between fantasy and reality in his paintings. This is one quality which sets him apart from the rest of the painters of his time.
One museum dedicated to Paul Klee was built by Italian architect Renzo Piano in Bern. The "Zentrum Paul Klee" was opened in June 2005 and hosts a collection of about 4,000 works of Paul Klee. Another important collection of works of Paul Klee is in possession of the chemist and playwright Carl Djerassi and is exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.