“A line is a dot that went for a walk.”
Paul Klee (1879-1940)
“All the things an artist must be: poet, explorer of nature, philosopher!”
Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, Guétary (France), 1929
“A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.”
“One day I will lie nowhere
with an angel at my side.”
“Color has got me. I no longer need to chase after it. It has got me for ever. I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour.”
“I paint in order not to cry.”
“Like people, a picture has a skeleton, muscles and skin.”
“One eye sees, the other feels.”
“Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet.”
“The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions.”
“The artist of today is more than an improved camera, he is more complex, richer, and wider. He is a creature on the earth and a creature within the whole, that is, a creature on a star among stars.”
Paul Klee – “theory of pictorial configuration – 1.3 special order”, 1920s
from Paul Klee notebook
In the magic mirror, 1934.
His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He was also a student of orientalism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually got deep into color theory, writing about it extensively.
He and his colleague, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, both taught at the German Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture. His works reflect his dry humour and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and also his musicality.