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.

Klee, “White Blossom in the Garden,” Guggenheim Museum. 1920. Wikimedia copy of image in public domain.
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.
Klee, “Temple Garden,” 1920. Metropolitan Museum of Art
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.
Klee, “Comedy,” 1921. Tate. Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported)
Klee, “Composition with the Yellow Half-Moon and the Y,” 1918. Met. Wikimedia copy of image in public domain.
Klee, “Red Balloon (Roter Ballon), “1922. Guggenheim Museum. Wikimedia copy of image in public domain.
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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