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Blumenmythos (Flower Myth), Paul Klee, 1918

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Blumenmythos (Flower Myth)
Paul Klee (18 December 1879, Münchenbuchsee –29 June 1940, Muralto, Locarno district)
Watercolor on chalk primer on gauze on newspaper on cardboard
Frame dimensions: 54 x 40.6 x 6 cm
Sheet size: 29 x 15.8 cm
Sprengel Museum Hanover
Donation Sprengel Collection (1969)
Inventory number: Coll. Sprengel I, 112

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"Paul Klee... was a Swiss-born German artist. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually deeply explored color theory, writing about it extensively; his lectures Writings on Form and Design Theory (Schriften zur Form und Gestaltungslehre), ... are held to be as important for modern art as Leonardo da Vinci's A Treatise on Painting for the Renaissance.[1][2][3] He and his colleague, … Wassily Kandinsky, both taught at the Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture in Germany. ...

He generally worked in isolation from his peers and interpreted new art trends in his own way. He was inventive in his methods and technique. Klee worked in many different media—oil paint, watercolor, ink, pastel, etching, and others. He often combined them into one work. He used canvas, burlap, muslin, linen, gauze, cardboard, metal foils, fabric, wallpaper, and newsprint.[64] Klee employed spray paint, knife application, stamping, glazing, and impasto, and mixed media such as oil with watercolor, watercolor with pen and India ink, and oil with tempera.[65]

... His works often have a fragile childlike quality to them and are usually on a small scale. He often used geometric forms and grid format compositions as well as letters and numbers, frequently combined with playful figures of animals and people. Some works were completely abstract. Many of his works and their titles reflect his dry humor and varying moods; some express political convictions. They frequently allude to poetry, music and dreams and sometimes include words or musical notation.

in 1933, Klee began experiencing the symptoms of what was diagnosed as scleroderma after his death. The progression of his fatal disease, ... can be followed through the art he created in his last years. His output in 1936 was only 25 pictures. In the later 1930s, his health recovered somewhat and ... In the later 1930s, his health recovered somewhat and he was encouraged by a visit from Kandinsky and Picasso.[55] Klee's simpler and larger designs enabled him to keep up his output in his final years, and in 1939 he created over 1,200 works, a career high for one year.[56] He used heavier lines and mainly geometric forms with fewer but larger blocks of color. His varied color palettes, some with bright colors and others somber, perhaps reflected his alternating moods of optimism and pessimism.[57] Back in Germany in 1937, seventeen of Klee's pictures were included in an exhibition of ‘Degenerate art‘ and 102 of his works in public collections were seized by the Nazis.[58]

... His legacy comprised about 9,000 works of art.[17] The words on his tombstone, Klee's credo, placed there by his son Felix, say, ‘I cannot be grasped in the here and now, for my dwelling place is as much among the dead as the yet unborn. Slightly closer to the heart of creation than usual, but still not close enough.’[63]"
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Nice meeting you! Thanks for letting me know you like this. I'm very fond of Klee, myself.


Great painting

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