An emblematic figure of the early 20th century, Paul Klee participated in the expansive avant-garde movements in Germany and Switzerland.
From the vibrant Blaue Reiter movement to Surrealism at the end of the 1930s and throughout his teaching years at the Bauhaus, he attempted to capture the organic and harmonic nature of painting by alluding to other artistic mediums such as poetry, literature, and above all music. While he collaborated with artists like August Macke and Alexej von Jawlensky, his most famous partnership was with the Abstract Expressionist, Wassily Kandinsky.
This monograph by the author Eric Shanes, who has also written about Andy Warhol and Constantin Brancusi, invites the reader to discover the artistic career of this irreplaceable “painter-poet” through a collection of his most important pieces.
Eric Shanes is the founding member of Turner Studies, a journal published by the Tate Gallery in London. He is vice president of the Turner Society and its current chairman. He has also written best-selling books on Constantin Brancusi, David Hockney, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, the Impressionists in London, and also on the tradition of art dealing with mass culture that has come down to us since the emergence of Pop Art in the 1960s. He has published extensively on contemporary art issues and is a widely-sought-after lecturer around the world.
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