One of the Greatest
Painters Of All Time
Cause of Death
- scleroderma, a disease that slowly mummifies its victims. In 1935 Klee
was diagnosed with scleroderma, a chronic connective tissue disease
generally classified as a autoimmune rheumatic disease. Klee's production
slowed noticeably as scleroderma began to take it's frightening hold. His
art-work began to transform from light and joyful to murky and echoing, as
if questioning the meaning of his own life
Paul Klee was one of the most
impressive painters of the Expressionist Movement. He painted with
sensitive passion, creating emotionally powerful images with pure color
and astonishing originality. Klee asserted "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.."
Expressionist painters looked
inward, relying on their own emotions, and less on the outside world.
Many artists of the Expressionist generation grew up on the battlefield,
witnessing wartime atrocities and returning to war ravaged countries.
Paul Klee Quotations
The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.
-- Paul Klee
A line is a dot that goes for a walk. - Paul Klee
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. -- Paul Klee
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. --
Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible. -- Paul
A single day is enough to make us a little larger. -- Paul Klee
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. -- Paul Klee Quote
Paul Klee Interesting Facts
His art was declared to be
by the Nazis
Paul Klee was born in the quaint Swiss village Münchenbuchsee, near
Bern, on December 18, 1879
Klee was born into a fun loving musical family and was a celebrated
violinist in his own right.
Klee married the beautiful young pianist Lili Stumpf .
After World War I, a demoralized and shell shocked Klee taught at the
Bauhaus school and wrote the influential Pedagogical Sketchbook in 1925.
Klee was forced to run for his life when the Nazi Party gained power in
Germany. Klee returned to his native Switzerland.
Along with every great modern artist in Germany, Klee' s striking
paintings were confiscated by the Nazis and declared degenerate.
Descriptive Words and Phrases associated with Expressionist
Painting - Germany, early 20th century, emotional effects,
emotional experience, avant-garde, emotional angst, Herwarth Walden, Der
graphic art, Die Brücke, Der Blaue Reiter, Friedrich Nietzsche,
psychological depths, symbolic colors, exaggerated imagery, human
psyche, exaggeration, primitivism, jarring colors, self-expression,
expression intensity, printmaking, psychological,emotional themes,
existential anguish, industrial modern age, individual genius, sense of movement, energy
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