Paul Klee, for me, is one of those artists who just grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. His work is so striking, so original and so multifaceted that it was with great excitement that I taught my most recent Museum Masters class about him!
Known best as a surrealist/expressionist, Paul Klee (pronounced “clay”) was born in Switzerland to a wonderfully musical family. As a child, Klee struggled with which road to take: become a musician like his parents? or become an artist? Despite his talents with the violin, Klee ultimately (and to our great collective benefit) began to study to become an artist in Germany. Here are a few other fun facts about Paul Klee:
- Klee’s beloved grandmother gave him a box of chalk when he was a child and he loved to draw with it
- Klee attended the Munich Academy in Germany to study to be an artist, although he didn’t think he was a good enough painter at the time.
- In the beginning, all of Klee’s works were colorless. He mostly drew pen-and-ink pieces, some using only one line!
- After traveling to Tunisia and seeing all the amazing colors there, he immediately began to incorporate bright colors into his pieces, and never looked back!
- Klee created more than 9,000 works of art during his lifetime
- Klee worked with both his right and left hands, although he preferred using his left hand for drawing and his right hand for writing
Best known for his colorful abstract pieces, Klee loved to incorporate shapes and vivid hues into his pieces and thought of his own art as poetry through imagery. Here are a few of my favorites!