Paul Klee (1879 - 1940)

As one of the most important and influential painters of the 20th century it’s not only the paintings and drawings of Paul Klee that have had a profound and far reaching effect on others, but his lectures, and perhaps more so, his writings on the subject of ‘visual art’.

As a student at Alexander Mackie Art School in Sydney I had the good fortune of coming into contact with Klee’s ideas on art in the form of a superb book entitled: Paul Klee Notebooks – Volume 1, ‘The Thinking Eye’ (1961). Along with a second volume entitled ‘The Nature of Nature’ (1973), these two books form a comprehensive collection of articles and lecture notes by the artist himself that are both informative and thought provoking.

Klee’s ideas however do not only have relevance to the visual arts, but relate to other disciplines such as music, and even dance.

What I personally take away from the work and ideas of Paul Klee is the constant need to evaluate and re-evaluate the skills we have and how we use them, and to reacquaint ourselves with our senses in order to experience the world anew: to look with new eyes and hear with new ears.

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Paul Klee
Alles läuft nach, 1940, 325
They all run after him!
coloured paste on paper on cardboard
32 x 42,4 cm
Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
Obj.Id. 327