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  • Paul Klee
    Dec 18, 1879 – Jun 29, 1940
  • Angelus Novus (The New Angel) - Paul Klee was a Swiss painter of German nationality, whose personal, often gently humorous works are replete with allusions to dreams, music, and poetry. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He was, as well, a student of orientalism.
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  • 1920

    The Angelus Novus by Paul Klee is a monoprint, showing "an angel, contemplated and fixated on an object, slowly moving away from it", according to the purchaser of the piece of art, German philosopher Walter Benjamin.

    According to several experts and philosophers, Paul Klee painted what is imagined to be the "Angel of History" by many. Klee was conscripted into the the German forces during World War One and was deeply affected by this.

    Klee's method of "painting" the Angelus Novus was actually invented by the man himself. His oil transfer technique (monoprint) involved covering a piece of tracing paper with ink, then placing drawing paper underneath and scratching the top paper with a needle or another sharp object in order to to make a copy on the one below.

    His "painting" shows an apparently "aghast" angel, eyes glued to an image of despair, stuck in a flying motion neither going forwards nor backwards. Not many paintings likes this one can be seen in the world, due to Klee's inventive new technique and also due to the topic of which Paul created his work.

    According to Walter Benjamin: "A storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress."

    Paul Klee's art style was "expressionism", a style which in it's simplicity portrays significant meaning. "Pierrot Lunaire" is arguably the most alike to the Angelus Novus. Another painter who gained a lot of fame for his expressionist style is Edvard Munch, who created the extremely famous painting "The Scream".

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Other paintings by Paul Klee:

Southern (Tunisian) Gardens
Southern (Tunisian) Gardens
1914
1914
A Genius Serves a Small Breakfast
A Genius Serves a Small Breakfast
A Kind of Cat
A Kind of Cat
Paul KleePaul Klee was born on December 18, 1879, in Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland, into a family of musicians. His childhood love of music was always to remain profoundly important in his life and work. From 1898 to 1901, Klee studied in Munich. Upon completing his schooling, he traveled to Italy in the first in a series of trips abroad that nourished his visual sensibilities. He settled in Bern in 1902. A series of his satirical etchings was exhibited at the Munich Secession in 1906. That same year, Klee married Lily Stumpf, a pianist, and moved to Munich. Here he gained exposure to Modern art.

Klee met Alexej Jawlensky, Vasily Kandinsky, August Macke, Franz Marc, and other avant-garde figures in 1911; he participated in important shows of advanced art in Munich and Berlin. In 1912, he visited Paris for the second time, where he saw the work of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso and met Robert Delaunay. Klee helped found the Neue Munchner Secession in 1914. Color became central to his art only after a revelatory trip to Tunisia in 1914.

In 1920, a major Klee retrospective was held in Munich. Klee taught at the Bauhaus in Weimar from 1921 to 1926 and in Dessau from 1926 to 1931. During his tenure, he was in close contact with other Bauhaus masters, such as Kandinsky and Lyonel Feininger. In 1924, the Blaue Vier, consisting of Lyonel Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, and Klee, was founded. Among his notable exhibitions of this period were his first in the United States in 1924; his first major show in Paris the following year and an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1930. Klee went to Dusseldorf to teach at the Akademie in 1931, shortly before the Nazis closed the Bauhaus. Forced by the Nazis to leave his position in Dusseldorf in 1933, Klee settled in Bern the following year. Klee died on June 29, 1940, in Muralto-Locarno, Switzerland.