Born on December 18th, 1879 near Bern, the painter and graphic artist
Paul Klee developed in his extremely lavish production a form language of
internalisation, located somewhere between abstraction, childishness,
dreams, secrets and strangeness.
Though his paintings are in the style of abstract language
in colour and form, they contain so many firm signs and
elements, that the viewer is aroused to brood and puzzle at
what he is looking at, and to dream about it as well.
After a beginning clearly marked by graphics, a restless spinning around
with soft and colourless shapes, the Tunis Journey, he went on with his
painter colleagues August Macke and Louis Moilliet in 1914, brought about
the breakthrough into colour. During his time as a teacher at the Bauhaus
in Weimar and Dessau (1920-1931) and his activity at the Dusseldorf
Academy (1931-1933), he became more involved in experimenting with
composition characteristics and colour lines.
After the new National-Socialist government dismissed him as a professor in
Dusseldorf, Klee returned to Bern in 1933. From then until his death on
June 29th, 1940 in Locarno, his work became more monumental and
darker. Apart from his artistic activity Paul Klee was one of the most
important art teachers of his time.