CP
Centre Pompidou
Paris

Collection: Zentrum Paul Klee, Berne

Medium
Image rights
© Paul Klee / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

A widely influential modernist painter, Paul Klee combined translucent color panes and Cubist perspectives with a childlike, faux-naïf style. He first rose to prominence as part of the avant-garde Expressionist group known as The Blue Rider alongside Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, then went on to teach at the Bauhaus alongside Kandinsky. Klee’s lessons on Expressionist styles and theories inspired legions of artists who passed through the academy. Before his death in 1940, Klee became the first living European artist to present a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art; he also mounted exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bern and Kunsthalle Basel. His work has been posthumously shown at countless institutions, including Tate Modern, the Stedelijk Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Centre Pompidou, and Moderna Museet and has sold for millions on the secondary market.

High auction record
£4.2m, Christie's, 2011
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2019
The Centenary of the Friends of the Kunstmuseum Bern SocietyKunstmuseum Bern
2018
Cosmos KleeZentrum Paul Klee
Paul Klee. AnimalityZentrum Paul Klee
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Danses sous l’empire de la Peur, 1938

Watercolour on paper on card
18 9/10 × 12 1/5 in
48 × 31 cm
Location
Paris
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CP
Centre Pompidou
Paris

Collection: Zentrum Paul Klee, Berne

Medium
Image rights
© Paul Klee / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

A widely influential modernist painter, Paul Klee combined translucent color panes and Cubist perspectives with a childlike, faux-naïf style. He first rose to prominence as part of the avant-garde Expressionist group known as The Blue Rider alongside Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, then went on to teach at the Bauhaus alongside Kandinsky. Klee’s lessons on Expressionist styles and theories inspired legions of artists who passed through the academy. Before his death in 1940, Klee became the first living European artist to present a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art; he also mounted exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bern and Kunsthalle Basel. His work has been posthumously shown at countless institutions, including Tate Modern, the Stedelijk Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Centre Pompidou, and Moderna Museet and has sold for millions on the secondary market.

High auction record
£4.2m, Christie's, 2011
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
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