Paul Klee

1879 Born in Münchenbuchsee near Berne.

1898 Decides to study art in Munich.

1900 Studies under Franz von Stuck at the Munich Academy.

1901 Travels to Italy.

1902 Returns to live in Berne.

1906 Marries the pianist Lily Stumpf. They move to Munich.

1911 Meets Alfred Kubin, August Macke and Vasily Kandinsky and is welcomed into the Blaue Reiter group. Starts to catalog his work.

1912 Travels to Paris and meets Robert Delaunay whose work is highly influential on Klee’s output.

1914 Travels to Tunisia with Macke.

1917 Klee is called up for military service but is spared the terrors of the Front and is given a job as a clerk.

1920 Publishes a treatise on graphic art entitled Schöpferische Konfession. Walter Gropius appoints Klee to a lectureship at the Bauhaus in Weimar.

1924 An exhibition of Klee’s work is mounted by the Société Anonyme in New York.

1925 Klee’s work is included in the first Surrealist Exhibition in Paris.

1928 Travels to Egypt.

1931 Klee leaves the Bauhaus and begins teaching at the art academy in Düsseldorf.

1933 With the rise of the Nazis Klee is dismissed from his post in Düsseldorf. He leaves Germany with his wife to live in Berne.

1935 Klee experiences the first symptoms of an incurable skin disease.

1937 His work is included in the Nazi ‘Degenerate Art’ exhibition and his paintings are removed from German museums.

1940 Dies at Muralto near Locarno.

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Paul Klee - Selected Works

1914 Motif from Hammamet, Basle, Kupferstichkabinett

1920 Rose Garden, Munich, Lenbachhaus

1921 The Beginnings of a Smile, DüŸsseldorf, Museum Kunstpalast

1922 Red Balloon, New York, Guggenheim Museum

1922 Twittering Machine, New York, MOMA

1922 Ghost of a Genius, Edinburgh, National Galleries of Scotland

1925 Fish Magic, Philadelphia Museum of Art

1926 Glance of a Landscape, Philadelphia Museum of Art

1928 Cat and Bird, New York, MOMA

1928 Howling Dog, Minneapolis Institute of Art

1929 Pfeil im Garten, Paris, MusŽée National d’Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou

1929 Highroad and Byroads, Cologne, Museum Ludwig

1930 Rhythmical, Paris, MuséŽe National d’Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou

1934 Hardy Plants, Minneapolis Institute of Art

1934 Botanical Theatre, Munich, Lenbachhaus

1936 New Harmony, New York, Guggenheim Museum

1938 Insula Dulcamara, Berne, KunstMuseum

Paul Klee - Featured Paintings

 
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