|Ad Parnassum (1932) Paul klee|
I studied Art History under Parker Leslie at Old Dominion College in the 1960's. One of the Modern Artist we studied was Paul Klee (December 18, 1879 – June 29, 1940). I remember that he was a fore runner in the mordernism movements, however I had forgotten how utterly charming his works were. That was until Lewis purchased a wonderful rug made in the 1970's after a painting by Klee.
|l-Polyphony 1932 by Paul Klee|
Moved by the whimsical quality of the rug and it's palette of colors, I decided to look once more into the works of Klee. Klee a Swiss artist, who is also considered a German artist, studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Munich. He excelled in drawing but felt that he lacked a concept of color at that time. After finishing his studies he traveled to Italy where he had a great appreciation of the colors that surrounded him there. He continually felt that he had a lot of work to do to understand colors. Taking an over view of his work you can see how he developed his keen sense of color by continually studying color in his paintings. He was influenced by the modern movements in art at the time, among these the cubism, expressionism, and surrealism. He met and worked along side the Russian Artist, Wassily Kandinsky. They both taught at the German Bauhaus School. He grew up in a musical family and musical rhythms seemed to be an influence in his art. He also had an almost child like view of the world in some of his paintings as well as a sense of humor. After struggling with color he wrote about it. This was published in English as the " Paul Klee Notebooks." Those are considered to be as important to modern art as some of the writings of da Vinci were to the Renaissance..
|part of charming rug after Paul Klee Painting 1926|