Paul Klee (December 18, 1879 ? June 29, 1940) was an abstract artist whose work incorporated elements of Cubism, expressionism, and surrealism; his Paul Klee Notebooks are considered some of the most influential and inspiring writings on modern art. Klee received his Fine Arts Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, though his early artistic contributions were said to have lacked a grasp of color theory. Eventually, Klee became a master of the palette, and is still considering a leading master on the subject.
Throughout his career, Klee held teaching positions at the Bauhaus and the Dusseldorf Academy. His work was exhibited in Paris, London, and Germany. His work incorporated various media, including watercolors, oils, etching, pastels, and plastics. These various media were often presented at once within the same piece, and though his style varied throughout his career, many of his works are abstract in nature. Many reflect Klee’s background as a skilled musician, and play with color and various moods, from childlike and dreamy to cold and serious.
Today, Paul Klee’s collections are on display at the University of Jena, the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and more. His work has inspired countless artists, including painters, sculptors, and filmmakers.
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