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08-31-2012, 01:18 PM
Paul Klee’s (1879-1940) artwork has been described as poetic and spiritual. He can be grouped with surrealists, expressionists and perhaps also cubists and abstract artists.
Sometimes, Klee shows scenes that seem to be of a theatre stage setting. Other subject matter includes: botanical or garden life, architecture, figures, fish.
His work can often be humorous but with an underlying sense of horror.
He used unusual materials, like hessian and silk cloth. He did a lot of work in line and watercolour wash.
In his oils, he aimed for a patina so that the artwork appeared to be an ancient revered object.
For practical work, you could :-
1. copy one of Klee’s paintings/ drawings, e.g., botanical theatre
2. do your own composition in the style of Klee, e.g., a stage performance, or a theatre backdrop curtain
3. make an abstract design from a photo reference , e.g. of a cat or a person.
Use any medium for your artwork.
PLEASE POST YOUR ARTWORK IN THIS THREAD FOR US TO ENJOY!!
If you have time, let us know which materials you used, what inspired you, what you learned from the process.
Some images of Klee's art next......
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You can read up about Paul Klee’s life here:
And view his work here:
Watch videos here.
09-01-2012, 07:11 AM
Wonderful choice, June. One of my favorite artists. The first image you posted is beautiful and I don't remember seeing it before. A fun month :thumbsup:
09-04-2012, 08:15 PM
Do we post our work here when we are done? Haven't done these before.
Klee is part of our ongoing artist series in the Abstract and Contemporary Forum here on WC!
09-04-2012, 08:45 PM
Oh so we don't do anything as far as artwork, unless its for personal study, using the suggestions above? OK I think I have it. I thought we would practice working in his style or other artists style and share them. Its been a long time since I have been on WetCanvas so I am catching up on what is happening! ;-0
09-06-2012, 10:27 AM
Hi Lenore, We do post our artwork on this thread.
I am looking forward to seeing your Klee studies here!
Jon, I will check out your artist series soon. Nice to hear you are also doing him.
We have a series called artists A-Z and we are up to K which is why Klee has turned up (and also I like him).
We study any artists of interest throughout art history...not just contemporary, abstract or modern artwork in this forum.
We post our artwork etc here.
09-06-2012, 10:32 AM
Here's a quick study of Klee's 'Cat', which I did this morning. Pen and acrylics. 6 by 8.5 ins, cartridge paper.
At least its a start. Hope I have time to do more.:heart:
09-07-2012, 09:18 AM
June, love your cat face. I was curious about the tiny dots...thought they might be the paper, but now I see they were carefully applied with paint. Klee is such a wonderful cheerful artist.
Found out that I have a huge book on Klee and am reading about him and enjoying his work.
Hi Jon and Lenore. :cool:
09-10-2012, 11:45 AM
Hi Janet, I got the dot-look by putting the paint on a piece of paper and then stamping it onto my cat face.
My cat face started off life as a faint monotype and then I added the paint : using stamping and also brushes.
Klee is a playful whimsical artist. How lucky to have a big reference book. I saw a touring Klee exhibition many years ago. I remember liking the one of 'the prince' which is mainly black with a few facial features. It seemed to have such visual depth. Like you were staring in and in to it.
09-10-2012, 11:49 AM
Here is 'the black prince' by Klee. This is Klee's work. Not my copy!;)
09-10-2012, 01:25 PM
09-11-2012, 02:29 PM
Inspired by the painting "Mask of Fear" 1932
09-11-2012, 08:32 PM
My rendition of "L'Arrivee du Marie," 1933, presumably a portrait of Klee's mother, Marie. Acrylic, 8 x 10 on canvas panel, Sharpie black outlines
I've used the Klee idea of outlining (which he probably stole from Rauoult) in some of my recent quickies. Here's one example:
09-12-2012, 08:57 AM
Very nice, old hobbyist....love the colors. Painting and mysterys...two of my favorite things (I peeked at your blog) Keep at it.
09-14-2012, 02:22 AM
Janet....the staring eyes and the black& white treatment definitely say 'Fear'. Good illustration for a halloween card too!
Old hobbyist. The black outlines make the work striking and graphic. The breaking apart of the figure ... a cubist treatment.
Do you have a liking for cubism in general? Its something that I haven't really come to terms with yet. :thumbsup:
Looking forward to more of everyone's 'Klee's'.:wave:
09-14-2012, 05:49 PM
Hi just wondering when we are supposed to post our Klee work. Trish
09-16-2012, 07:50 AM
Hi Trish. You can post your art now or later. Our projects usually last a month, but we often go over that time. Looking forward to seeing your Klees.
09-21-2012, 06:04 PM
My printer died, so had to photograph....hence there is a white glare on the right side of the picture.
Copy of "The Ships Depart" (1927) oil pastel:
and a watercolor, "Milbersthofen Near Munich" (1923)
He did so many drawings that look like wonderful doodles....I doodle all the time and should try to do some work around them. I'm inspired :cool:
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