PAUL KLEE December 18,1879 – June 29, 1940. Paul Klee (pronounced clay) was born in 1879. Although he was born in the country of Switzerland, he is considered both a Swiss and German painter. He spent a large portion of his life studying and painting in Germany.
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His parents were very influenced by the arts, his father was a music teacher and his mother was a singer.
Paul as a student loved to doodle in his school books, much to his parents and teachers dismay.
He created his etchings by painting a piece of glass black then used a needle to draw his painting by scratching off the black paint, and then painted the back of the glass white to make the picture stand out..
My Room, 1896
Like many artists, Paul Klee had to find other work to support his wife and young son. He continued to play violin in the Berne Switzerland orchestra and also wrote theater reviews. In his spare time he continued with his artwork.
Paul Klee loved color. Most of his paintings and work are filled with beautiful and exciting colors.
Castle and Sun, 1928
Landscape with Yellow Birds, 1923
Fairy Tales, 1920
Cat and Bird, 1928
Paul Klee’s art is all different, so it cannot be defined as any particular type of art.
Surrealism is art based on fantasy. Like painting a clock and have it melting. Salvador Dali, was known for his surrealism.
Cubism is art that is created with shapes. The Shapes can be squares, triangles, circles, cones or any other geometrical shape.
Expressionism painting is to paint with great emotion.
Paul thought it was important to give the person looking at one of his paintings a special feeling.
Paul Klee always felt close to nature and carefully studied the natural things around him.
Paul Klee died when he was only 61 years old and had created over 9000 pieces of art during his lifetime. Which is a very large amount.
So think of that the next time you draw on your sidewalk. You might just become a famous artist!!!