Today, Paul Klee stands (with Marcel Duchamp) as the Godfather of conceptual art. His vision reaches outside of the visual arts into psychology, literature, science; acting as an influential source for methodological approaches as well as pure inspiration regarding perspective perception.
Oeuvre consists of over 10,000 paintings, drawings, and etchings.
Born: December 18, 1879 Münchenbuchsee bei Bern, Switzerland
Died: June 29, 1940 (aged 60) Muralto, Switzerland
Training: Academy of Fine Arts, Munich Movement: Expressionism, Bauhaus, Surrealism
By ART VOID | December 14, 2012
"I cannot be grasped in the here and now. For I reside just as much with the dead as with the unborn. Somewhat closer to the heart of creation than usual. But not nearly close enough."
"Things appear to assume a broader and more diversified meaning, often seemingly contradicting the rational experience of yesterday. There is a striving to emphasize the essential character of the accidental."
Klee worked in many different mediums: oil paint, watercolor, ink, pastel, etching, and others. He often combined them into one work. He used canvas, burlap, muslin, linen, gauze, cardboard, metal foils, fabric, wallpaper, and newsprint. Klee employed spray paint, knife application, stamping, glazing, and impasto; and mixed media such as oil with watercolor, watercolor with pen and India ink, and oil with tempera.
"Even if you hadn’t told me he plays the violin, I would have guessed that on many occasions his drawings were transcriptions of music."