Monday, December 01, 2008

Paul Klee: The Berggruen Klee Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The German painter Paul Klee (1879-1940) has become one of today's most popular artists. Ninety works by Klee - including drawings, watercolors, and oils, either serious, comical, capricious, or dramatic - have recently been given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by one of the postwar era's leading art dealers and collectors, Heinz Berggruen, and are now published together in this volume for the first time.

Paul Klee was a Swiss painter of German nationality. His highly individual style was influenced by many different art trends, including expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He was a student of orientalism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually mastered color theory, and wrote extensively about it. His works reflect his dry humor and his sometimes child-like perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and his musicality. He and his friend, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, were also famous for teaching at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture. ["Paul Klee." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 1 Dec 2008, 14:22 UTC. 1 Dec 2008 <>. ]


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