Paul Klee (1879-1940) was a German and Swiss painter whose unique style was influenced by expressionism, cubism, and surrealism art movements. Much of his art work is difficult to classify in any one style. He was a teacher at the German Bauhaus school of art, design, and architecture early in his career, and later at the Düsseldorf Academy. Paul was a talented musician and played violin throughout his life. His vast experiments with color palettes and geometric forms influenced most of his art works. Our pattern collection contains many well known pieces from his vast legacy of art. Included are Death and Fire, Red Balloon, Twittering Machine, Crystal Graduation, Sign in Yellow, The Prisoner, Fortress and Sun. Conqueror, Heroic Roses, Senecio, Castle and Sun, Black Columns on a Landscape, and Southern Tunisian Gardens.

Patterns Included In This Set:

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Heroic Roses

Death and Fire

On a Motif from Hammamet

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Senecio

Crystal Graduation

Fire in the Evening

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Sign in Yellow

The Prisoner

Fire at Full Moon

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Portrait of Mrs P in the South

Twittering Machine

Viaducts Break Ranks

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Red Balloon

Attrappen (Omega 5)

Monument in a Fertile Country

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Conqueror

Polyphony

Ad Parnassum

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Rising Sun

Red and White Domes

The Chapel

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Southern Tunisian Gardens

Castle and Sun

Farbtafel

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Blaue Nacht

Woman in Peasant Dress

Red Waistcoat

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Il Giardino Del Tempio

The Rose Garden

Park of Idols

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Park Bei Lu

Southern Gardens

Siblings

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Black Columns on a Landscape

Angel Applicant

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Paul Klee was born in December of 1879 in the Swiss town of Munchenbuchsee. He grew up in a family of musicians and spent his childhood learning to play the violin. His two loves were music and visual art. During his teenage years, when he began to consider an educational path, these dueling passions left him torn.

Ultimately, visual art won and Klee chose to move to Germany to study at the Academy in Munich. Adventurous at heart, his time at the Academy left him unsatisfied. In 1901 he traveled to Italy in pursuit of artistic knowledge. Over the next five years Klee was able to show his work in a variety of exhibitions. During these early years his work was exclusively comprised of satirical drawings and etchings made from ink.

In 1906, Paul Klee married his wife Lily and the two settled in Munich. This area of Germany had become a hub for avant-garde artists and Klee quickly felt at home.

During the years 1910 and 1912, he had three major exhibitions of his own in Switzerland. Also during 1912, Klee traveled to Paris to visit his friend Robert Delaunay, whom many believe became the most influential force behind his artistic endeavors. One year after this visit to Paris, Klee’s artistic translation of Delaunay’s writing titled, “On Light” appeared in Der Sturm, a magazine following the Expressionism movement.

In the company of his Munich friends, Klee traveled to Tunisia in 1914. He left the trip early feeling that he had finally begun to understand the concept of light. New knowledge continually pushed him to experiment by mixing types of paints and using unusual canvases. To this day Paul Klee is praised for his use of color and the way he successfully incorporated nature into his art work. Perhaps it was this trip that brought about the artistic intuition he is known for.

When World War I struck Germany, Klee’s artistic endeavors were placed on the backburner as he joined the Air Force unit. During this period his only canvases were the aircrafts and his only projects involved painting logos and insignias.

Klee returned to Munich in 1918, but it was an entirely different city from when he left. Though most of his friends had died in the war or moved away, Klee stayed. Two years later he accepted a teaching position at Bauhaus at Weimar; a school geared towards blending the classic with the modern as it pertained to art and architecture. Klee remained at the school for several years serving primarily as a lecturer who propelled the youth of his day into the industrial age.

Six years later Paul Klee took a new teaching position at the Dusseldorf Academy of Fine arts. However, in 1933 the Nazi party closed his former school and dismissed Klee from his teaching position at the Dusseldorf Academy. It was at this point that Klee also left his beloved Munich and returned to Switzerland. He continued to work as an artist despite the emergence of scleroderma symptoms in 1935. He died five years after contracting the disease.

Paul Klee is remembered for his artistic bravery. He was unafraid of approaching art in a way that was not always popular or expected. He stood apart from other artists of his day as a man who devoted his life not only to the task of painting, but to the job of defining what he was doing. Though Klee is held in high regard for his views on and application of nature within art, he is also praised for his ability to mesh abstract and realistic styles.

Unfortunately, there is no single piece of art that defines Paul Klee as great. He never believed that he would become a well-known artist, nor did he think one form of artistic expression could define him. Instead he worked to unite different styles and examine the voids left by distinctive artistic guidelines.

Paul Klee’s work increased in popularity after his death. Today his work is viewed as instrumental to the development of Modern art.

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