Paul Klee

1879 (Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland) – 1940 (Muralto)

Klee holds a unique, and very influential, position in the history of twentieth century art and art-education. Nolde called him a falcon, soaring in the starry cosmos. In Munich, already in his thirties, he met Kandinsky (a lifelong close friend and colleague), Marc, Macke, and others associated with the Blaue Reiter venture, including Jawlensky. He met Delaunay, an important influence, in Paris. Schlemmer, then a student leader, tried to attract him to Stuttgart. Rilke shared an apartment with him, Gropius drew him to the Bauhaus, Picasso, Braque and Kirchner all visited. Josef Albers (among others) noted that he wasn’t easy to know.

Paul Klee knew…