The Colourful World of Paul Klee

Red Balloon, 1922, oil on muslin primed with chalk, 31.8 x 31.1 cm. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (via Wikipedia)

The German artist Paul Klee was an amazing colourist and a prolific writer.  His notebooks are held to be vitally important in their contribution to understanding modern art.  They are so influential that they are compared to Leonardo Da Vinci’s A Treatise on Painting – an important work in relation to the Renaissance.

How marvellous, then, that the Zentrum Paul Klee has made available virtually the entire contents of his notebooks.  Even if one does not speak German, this material presents a fascinating insight to the artists’ work, and the development of form, line and colour in the 1920s.

Check out this link for more information.

Friday Quote

It is Leonard da Vinci’s birthday today. Well, it would have been if he had lived to the ripe age of 564 – he was born in 1452.

Here is an article with some people’s favourite Leonardo pictures – there are certainly plenty to choose from.  I remember a brilliant exhibition in London about 10 years ago where the two pictures of the Virgin of the Rocks had been brought together for the first time.  Along with paintings like Lady with an Ermine, it was a breathtaking experience to be in the presence of such treasures.

So today’s Friday Quote just had to be something from the great man himself. I have enjoyed dabbling in a tiny bit of art in his honour, and must give thanks to James Julier for his bubble-drawing tutorial.

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