The full moon and Paul Klee

Paul Klee (1879–1940) was a German painter and graphic artist, one of the biggest names of the Classic Modern Era, being the time at the beginning and first half of the 20th century, which was expressed in so many different styles and is nowadays regarded as avant-garde of that time. Paul Klee created cubistic, expressionistic and surrealistic paintings. The names of his friends read like the »who’s who« in the art scene: August Macke, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Walter Gropius, Robert Delaunay, Lyonel Feininger, Alexej von Jawlensky, Pablo Picasso …

Klee lived and painted in Munich, began to teach at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau in 1920. He taught at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf until the seize of power by the National Socialists in 1933 and was then dismissed as »degenerated artist“ and went into exile in Switzerland in Bern, where he created his late work and died after a serious illness in 1940.

There are some paintings by Paul Klee showing the full moon. Among others the painting »The full moon« from 1919 and the famous painting »Fire at full moon« from 1933, which also addresses, by common view, his political persecution. We would like to chose another painting of his, which shows the full moon in a magical night scene: »Blossoms at night« from 1930. This painting embodies what makes Klee so unique, the shimmering layers of colour and lively shapes, a view into a different world … just like what is happening in the moonlight … pure magic!

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