Paul Klee Biography

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Paul Klee was one of the most unique and influential artist’s of his time period. Klee was born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland on the 18th of December 1879. Klee, being born in Switzerland and creating a majority of his work in Germany, was considered both a Swiss and German artist. As a child Klee was extremely interested in drawing and music. His parents pushed music in their household however the rebellious Paul viewed music of the time as “meaningless” and stuck to the path of drawing and art. Paul Klee’s artwork was heavily influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, futurism, cubism, and surrealism. Although widely known for his physically small, abstract artwork that resembled hieroglyphic puzzles, Klee will long be remembered for his writings that were extremely valuable to the world of modern art for years to come. In 1925 Klee created one of his most famous pieces of artwork. “Fish Magic” was an oil on canvas painting now being shown in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This artwork was almost a model representation of other paintings to be done be Klee. Fish Magic was created during Klee’s time as a teacher at the Bauhaus. The painting consists of natural objects (fish, flowers, people) arranged to look like a sacred ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic with a modern abstract twist. All the objects in this painting are extremely simple in design. In the center of the piece is a mysterious hanging clock that according to Klee: “measures the rhythms of ambient space of planets”. Fish Magic also proves Klee’s Claim that art is a “parable of creation”. This painting is a direct representation of Klee’s artistic roots in expressionism by Klee expressing his thoughts and values of art through a painting with both ancient and modern qualities. In 1922 Klee created one of his most famous works titled “The Twittering Machine” which was an oil transfer drawing, watercolor and ink on paper artwork. This painting again is a direct form of his...
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