Careful Titles and Triumphant Colors : Notes on Paul Klee

Dec. 18 is the birthday of a painter who instructed us on how to read his vibrant abstract works.

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Klee, “White Blossom in the Garden,” Guggenheim Museum. 1920. Wikimedia copy of image in public domain.
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L. Picasso, “Pipe, Glass, Bottle of Vieux Marc,” 1914. Peggy Guggenheim Collection. R. Klee, “Temple Garden,” 1920. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Both Wikimedia copies of images in public domain.
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Klee, “Temple Garden,” 1920. Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Left, Braque, 1908, Maisons à l’Estaque (Houses at L’Estaque), Kunst Museum, Bern. Right, Delaunay, “ Windows Open Simultaneously 1st Part, 3rd Motif,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Wikimedia, Wikipedia copies of image in the public domain.
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Klee, “Comedy,” 1921. Tate. Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported)
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Klee, “Composition with the Yellow Half-Moon and the Y,” 1918. Met. Wikimedia copy of image in public domain.
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Klee, “Red Balloon (Roter Ballon), “1922. Guggenheim Museum. Wikimedia copy of image in public domain.
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Klee, “Small Picture of a Regatta,” 1922. Phillips Collection. Gift from the estate of Katherine S. Dreier, 1953; © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY. Image in public domain.

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