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Paul Klee

German, 1879–1940

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Paul Klee

German, 1879–1940

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Known for his unique pictorial language and innovative teachings at the Bauhaus, Paul Klee had far-reaching influence on 20th-century modernism. In an early attempt to master color, he associated himself with the group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), working closely with friend and future Bauhaus colleague Wassily Kandinsky. While engaged with artistic theory, Klee also admired children’s art, wanting his own style to be similarly unaffected. And his dream-like pictures made him popular with the Surrealists, though he never officially became one. Klee’s work can be humorous, his fantastic drawn subjects conveying a playful sense of absurdity, as with his famous Twittering Machine (1922). Later in his career, he began to build up thicker painted surfaces and simplify his compositions, replacing precise line-work with fewer, bolder forms. Klee’s art and lessons on color theory would greatly impact later generations of artists, including, significantly, the Abstract Expressionists and Color Field painters.

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High auction record
£4m, Christie's, 2011
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 22 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 3 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

Known for his unique pictorial language and innovative teachings at the Bauhaus, Paul Klee had far-reaching influence on 20th-century modernism. In an early attempt to master color, he associated himself with the group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), working closely with friend and future Bauhaus colleague Wassily Kandinsky. While engaged with artistic theory, Klee also admired children’s art, wanting his own style to be similarly unaffected. And his dream-like pictures made him popular with the Surrealists, though he never officially became one. Klee’s work can be humorous, his fantastic drawn subjects conveying a playful sense of absurdity, as with his famous Twittering Machine (1922). Later in his career, he began to build up thicker painted surfaces and simplify his compositions, replacing precise line-work with fewer, bolder forms. Klee’s art and lessons on color theory would greatly impact later generations of artists, including, significantly, the Abstract Expressionists and Color Field painters.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£4m, Christie's, 2011
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 22 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Shows Featuring Paul Klee
Articles Featuring Paul Klee
What Anni Albers Learned as Paul Klee’s Student at the Bauhaus
Sep 13th, 2019
What Anni Albers Learned as Paul Klee’s Student at the Bauhaus
How Music Motivated Artists from Matisse to Kandinsky to Reinvent Painting
May 30th, 2019
How Music Motivated Artists from Matisse to Kandinsky to Reinvent Painting
The Bauhaus
Mar 20th, 2019
The Bauhaus
The Curious Subculture of Diagnosing Dead Artists by Their Work
Jan 2nd, 2019
The Curious Subculture of Diagnosing Dead Artists by Their Work
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