Paul Klees philosophy of art is perhaps best summed up by his own statement: A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. As one of the great avant garde artists of the 20th century, Swiss-born Klee was swept along with the changing moods and philosophies of the time. Klee did not readily fit into a particular artistic category. He used many styles and techniques, always exploring the different variations that each media opened up to him. An important element in Klees work is his use of symbols and words to convey thoughts and philosophies directly on the canvas. To provide the greatest degree of diversification in his creations, Klee habitually used a variety of surfaces on which to paint, not just conventional canvas but also linen and even fine gauze, and sometimes coarse burlap, board, or glassany textured surface on which color could be applied. Klees interest, understanding, and analysis of color theory and tonewhich he explained in several influential booksarguably left a greater legacy than his artworks.
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Taj Books International
February 21, 2013
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