Happy 133rd Birthday, Paul Klee

Artsy Editorial
Dec 18, 2012 11:03PM

Born this day in 1879, Swiss-German painter Paul Klee spent much of his early career struggling to connect “drawing and the realm of color.” On a trip to North Africa in 1914 (along with August Macke and Louis Moilliet), however, he would finally succeed in doing so, turning to abstraction by isolating color as both form and content. “It penetrates so deeply and so gently into me, I feel it and it gives me confidence in myself without effort,” Klee wrote in his diary. “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.”

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