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Paul Klee

Born into a family of musicians, Klee (1879–1940) focused on studying music in his early years then shifted to visual arts in his teens, though his musical upbringing would strongly influence his art. A natural artist who experimented and deeply explored color theory, Klee’s graphic abstract work is difficult to classify as he interpreted artistic movements in his own unique manner.

Klee combined color elements to create visual color harmony, similar to a musical composition, and his selection of particular color palettes emulates a musical key. At times using complementary pairs of colors or even "dissonant" colors, Klee’s work had strongly varied color palettes, some with bright colors and others somber, perhaps reflected his alternating moods of optimism and pessimism. Many works frequently allude to poetry, music, and dreams, and the visuals and titles reflect his dry humor and his sometimes childlike perspective. With his distinct vision in color and form, Klee taught at the Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture in Germany.