Who was Paul Klee?
Paul Klee was the second child of a German music teacher and Swiss singer. He was born (18 December 1879 – 29 June 1940) in Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland.
He was strongly encouraged to pursue music by his parents and was a talented violinist by the age of 11.
However, as he developed into a relatively rebellious teenager, he shunned the world of music to focus on his passion for drawing and painting, claiming that modern music lacked meaning for him.
In 1898, Klee began studying art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. By 1905, he had begun to develop experimental techniques, including drawing with a needle on a blackened pane of glass.
What were his work and style like?
His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He was also a student of orientalism.
Klee taught art in Germany from 1921 until 1933, when the Nazis declared his work indecent and fired him. Later that year, Klee fled with his family to Switzerland, where he died in 1940 after suffering for years from a wasting disease.
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