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Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781849760362
Author(s): Flavia Frigeri
Format: Paperback
Year: 2013
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Dimensions: 170 x 9 x 209 (w x l x h)
Pages: 79
Series: Tate Introductions

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Swiss-born artist Paul Klee (1879 - 1940) created some of the most innovative and best-loved works of the twentieth century, in media including etching, drawing, ink, pastel, oil paint and watercolour. Uniquely among his contemporaries, he combined the machine aesthetic of modernism with lyrical, organic elements, arriving at a visual language entirely his own. Although he moved freely between media and from figuration to abstraction, Klee's works remain instantly recognisable, often characterised by a playfulness and wit that can sharpen to biting satire on occasion. The son of a musician, and a violinist of professional standard himself, Klee abandoned music to study art at the Academy in Munich. It was in Munich that he met and befriended the artists Wasily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and August Macke, taking part in the second Expressionist Blaue Reiter exhibition in 1912. In the same year he visited Paris and was exposed to Cubist works for the first time. A trip to Tunisia with Macke awakened him to the sensuous power of colour, causing him to exclaim ' Colour - possesses me forever - I am a painter'.
In 1921 Klee was appointed to teach at the Bauhaus, where he remained for 10 years as an influential and much-loved figure. His writings on art, including his best-known literary work The Pedagogical Sketchbook, have had a continuing influence to this day. In 1933 he returned to Switzerland having been dismissed from his position at the Dusseldorf Academy by the Nazis; his
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