One of the greats of European Modernism, this exhibition celebrates the exhilarating wit and spontaneity of Paul Klee.
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A teacher at the Bauhaus and a member of the radical art movement Blue Rider, Paul Klee was one of the key figures of early modern art.
Born in Switzerland in 1879, he rejected a career in music for art, yet music remained central to the composition of his paintings, instilling in them a dynamic rhythm.
He lived through two world wars and witnessed the rise of Fascism in Germany, being dismissed from his post at the Bauhaus and labelled a degenerate by Hitler. Yet his paintings and drawings remained witty and life affirming, exemplified by his spontaneous series ‘taking a line for a walk’.
This exhibition charts the three stages of his career, from his early breakthroughs during the First World War, when he developed his individual abstract patchwork of colours, through his time at the Bauhaus to his return to Switzerland at the end of his life.