Paul Klee

Paul Klee is a german painter, born the 18th of December 1879 close to Bern, Switzerland, and deceased on the 29th of June 1940 in Locarno, Switzerland.

Klee is one of the major artists of the first part of the XXth century, inspirer of many other artists, as Zao Wou-Ki.

Klee knew his first successes in 1917 during the first world war. He is an appreciated painter and educator : as soon as 1920, he became a professor in the Weimar's Bauhaus, created by Walter Gropius in 1919 then, in 1931, at the Düsseldorf's Fine-Arts Academy. He was fired in 1933 by the nazis. Exiled in Switzerland since 1934, Klee was only naturalized a few days before his death in 1940.

Klee's work, which his son Félix defined as "enigmatic", followed an original path, hard to understand for the critics. Constructivist when he was a Bauhaus' teacher, it became more and more intuitive, and, according to Antoni Tapies, more spiritual.