Paul Klee (after) art poster – The Berggruen Klee Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York - 1988
Rare original art poster by the German-Swiss figurative and abstract painter Paul Klee (1879-1940) on the occasion of an exhibition of the Berggruen Klee Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1988. The poster shows the work 'Adam and Little Eve' from 1921.
Klee studied the Impressionism of the late 19th century, but did not directly apply it in his work. In 1911 he met August Macke, Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. He was influenced by ethnographic (primitive) art (such as African masks), by children's drawings (such as Karel Appel) and drawings of people with an intellectual disability. His themes are very versatile: landscapes, greatly simplified portraits, animals (the famous goldfish), mysterious machines, references to dreams, music, poetry, mythology. He has developed a very individual style to express the subconscious mind and fantasy. Klee often uses combinations of abstract and figurative forms. His work is often humorous.
Klee experimented a lot. With watercolor on textile surfaces, with combinations of oil paint and watercolor, with spray technique, and with all kinds of paper or textile surfaces. But he also often worked with a conventional painting technique such as oil on canvas. Most of Klee's works were made in a small format. A very well-known example of this is Park bei Luzern, painted in 1914.
It is not easy to leave a mark on Klee's work. The most commonly used label is that of Expressionism. Surrealism, cubism, abstraction are also terms of the European art movements that can apply to his painting. Cobra art in particular has been influenced by Klee's work and ideas.
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