Senecio and Yellow Birds by Klee

Paul Klee is one of my favorite artists.  Here are a couple of great articles about his life and his work.  The first is from the Guggenheim.  (Just the first paragraph is below; click on the link above for the full article.)

Paul Klee

B. 1879, MÜNCHENBUCHSEE, SWITZERLAND; D. 1940, MURALTO-LOCARNO, SWITZERLAND

Paul Klee was born on December 18, 1879, in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland, into a family of musicians. His childhood love of music was always to remain profoundly important in his life and work. From 1898 to 1901 Klee studied in Munich, first with Heinrich Knirr, then at the Kunstakademie under Franz von Stuck. Upon completing his schooling, he traveled to Italy. It was the first in a series of trips abroad that nourished his visual sensibilities. He settled in Bern in 1902. A series of his satirical etchings was exhibited at the Munich Secession in 1906. That same year Klee married Lily Stumpf, a pianist, and moved to Munich. There he gained exposure to Modern art. Klee’s work was shown at the Kunstmuseum Bern in 1910 and at Moderne Galerie, Munich, in 1911.

The next paragraph is one from an article worth reading at TheArtStory:

Klee was a musician for most of his life, often practicing the violin as a warm-up for painting. He naturally saw analogies between music and visual art, such as in the transient nature of musical performance and the time-based processes of painting, or in the expressive power of color as being akin to that of musical sonority. In his lectures at the Bauhaus, Klee even compared the visual rhythm in drawings to the structural, percussive rhythms of a musical composition by the master of counterpoint, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Here are two of his paintings I especially like:

paul-klee-senecio-1922

Landscape-with-Yellow-Birds-by-Paul-Klee

The bold colors and dramatic shapes draw me in, but it’s the surprising juxtapositions of figures or shapes and the nuances of color that keep me looking.

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