Paul Klee

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Paul Klee, fire at full moon
Paul Klee, fire at full moon

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  • Beauty is as relative as light and dark. Thus, there exists no beautiful woman, none at all, because you are never certain that a still far more beautiful woman will not appear and completely shame the supposed beauty of the first.
  • Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.
  • Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.
  • A line is a dot that went for a walk.
  • One eye sees, the other feels.
  • In the final analysis, a drawing simply is no longer a drawing, no matter how self-sufficient its execution may be. It is a symbol, and the more profoundly the imaginary lines of projection meet higher dimensions, the better.
  • Children also have artistic ability, and there is wisdom in there having it! The more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us; and they must be preserved free of corruption from an early age.
  • Color possesses me. I don't have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter.
  • The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.
  • To emphasize only the beautiful seems to me to be like a mathematical system that only concerns itself with positive numbers.
  • Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn.
  • The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions.


Born 18 December 1879, died 29 June 1940, Klee was Swiss (German speaking). He originally made his living as a violinist in the local orchestra in Bern, but he longed to be an artist and moved to Munich in 1898, where he gradually found his own style and became part of the Blaue Reiter movement. He, along with Kandinsky became teachers at the Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture, and like Kandinsky, he also had a form of synaesthesia – seeing sounds and/or hearing colours

His highly individual style was influenced by Cubism, and Surrealism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually deeply explored colour theory, writing about it extensively. He invented many new techniques – single-line drawings (taking Madam Monad for a walk), the use of colour chords, copying drawings and spray-painting them. He was astonishingly prolific – over 9,000 works were left to the Paul Klee Foundation when he died.

His works reflect his dry humour and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and his musicality. Perhaps Klee produced more drawings of angels, and other “unseen” beings than anyone else !

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