Paul Klee was a German and Swiss painter known for his work within the movements of surrealism, expressionism and cubism.
Paul Klee, a , was born on 18, December 1879 in Münchenbuchsee bei Bern, Switzerland. In 1898, he moved to Munich, where he began studying art and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich with Heinrich Knirr and Franz von Stuck - also famous German painters.
Upon completing his schooling, he travelled with his student friend from Munich - Hermann Haller (the famous Swiss sculptor) - to Italy. In 1905, he made his first visit to Paris, France. Returning to Bern in 1906, he exhibited a series of satirical etchings at one of the exibitions organised by Munich Secession, a group of artists formed in 1892.
Since then, his work has been of enormous importance in the development of modern art, exhibited both in Germany (mainly in Berlin) and abroad. Paul Kleen died on 29, June 1940 in Muralto, Switzerland. He was 60.
Guide for collectors
Most of works by Klee can be found in major museums throughout the world. A museum dedicated to Klee called Zentrum Paul Klee was built in Bern, Switzerland, by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. It houses collection of about 4,000 works by Paul Klee.
An extensive collection of Klee works can be found also in:
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA;
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA;
- the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland;
- Paul Klee at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C, USA;
- the National Gallery of Canada, Canada;
- Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California, USA;
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy;
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA;
- Allen Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio, USA;
- Bauhaus-Archiv Museum of Design, Berlin, Germany;
- Beyeler Foundation Collection, Switzerland;
- the Brooklyn Museum, New York City, USA;
- GAM - Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy;
- Goulandris Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros Island, Greece;
- Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Switzerland;
- MUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
- Paul Klee at the The British Museum, London, UK.
Most expensive work
The most expensive work by Klee is his oil on canvas called Tänzerin painted in 1932 and sold for £4,185,250 ($6,788,476) on 21, June 2011 at Christie’s auction in London, UK.
Most famous works
Several other paintings by Klee are considered as masterpieces of contemporary world art. For example:
- Gartenfigur (sold for €3,985,000 on 23 – 25, February 2009 at Christie’s auction in Paris, France);
- Pflanze und Fenster Stilleben (sold for $5,010,500 on 3, November 2010 at Christie’s auction in New York, USA);
- Stadtburg Kr. (sold for £2,617,250 on 22, June 2011 at Sotheby’s auction in London, UK);
- Der Künftige (sold for $3,330,500 on 4, May 2010 at Christies auction in New York, USA);
- Herbstblumen Stilleben (Still life with autumn flowers) (sold for $1,384,000 on 8, May 2007 at Sotheby’s auction in New York, USA);
- Die Sngerin L als Fiordiligi (sold for $2,642,500 on 13, May 1999 at Christie’s auction in New York, USA)
- Schicksalstunde um dreiviertel zwölf (sold for $2,210,500 on 1, November 2011 at Christie’s auction, also in New York, USA).
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