Paul Klee

It's interesting how subjects just emerge. Next week, I'll be going to a play about artist Paul Klee and I recently found a book by Klee at a thrift shop. Since it's apparently all about Klee these days I decided to learn a bit more about the artist.

Paul Klee was a Swiss-German, early 20th century painter. He worked in the Expressionist, Surrealist, and Cubist styles. He also taught at the Bauhaus and was good friends with artists such as Kandinsky.

Reading on him I could relate to his interest in aesthetic and color theory. He balanced domestic duties with art-making and he journaled about his art through most of his life. It took him a long time to find his artistic voice but once he did he became one of the most prolific artists creating over 10,000 artworks.

The above book quotes the artist:

"For the artist communication remains the most essential condition. The artist is human; himself nature; part of nature within natural space."

The play I'll be seeing about the artist apparently includes lots of music and dance. Which makes sense now that I know the artist was raised by musicians and was expected to follow that career path. His musical background sheds light into his approach to modern painting. He didn't enter visual art because he was excellent at rendering, he did so because he wanted to communicate the energy of the subject. This illustration from the book perfectly demonstrates this. To Klee a curved line becomes something more.