Founded in Weimar, Germany, it was in fact a school that combined fine arts and craft, and did not even have an architecture department. What it did have, was a long list of famous artists lecturers, among them the German-Swiss painter Paul Klee (1879-1940).

Considered one of the great creative innovators of his time, he exhibited a variety of styles, from expressionist to surrealism, but ultimately became known for his unique approach to art that defies easy classification. He was quite a radical figure on the art scene, and his influence can be found in the works of such famous modernist artists as Miró and Rothko.

Klee spent a decade teaching at Bauhaus, and his production from that period, which took his reputation to new international heights, is at the heart of a large exhibition at London's Tate Modern. The EY Exhibition: Paul Klee – Making Visible offers a comprehensive look at the development of his original and strikingly contemporary style, from his signature abstract patchworks of colour to the characteristic ‘magic square’ paintings that followed. During the 1930s Klee had to flee to Switzerland, his art labelled as 'degenerate' by the Nazis. Despite it all, and failing health, he continued to paint, becoming even more prolific. The exhibition showcases his small, expressive canvases, grouped as Klee himself grouped them, giving it a particularly intimate feel.

The EY Exhibition - Paul Klee: Making Visible
Tate Modern, London, UK
16 October 2013 – 9 March 2014

 

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''Redgreen and Violet-yellow Rhythms , 1920
Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984 (1984.315.19) Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Source: Art Resource/Scala Photo Archives

 
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''Static-Dynamic Intensification , 1923
Watercolour and transferred printing ink on laid paper with gray and green gouache and black ink mounted on light cardboard
381 x 261 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 
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Comedy, 1921
Watercolour and oil on paper
Support: 305 x 454 mm
on paper, unique
Tate. Purchased 1946

 
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Fire at Full Moon, 1933
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
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Paul Klee, Park near Lu, 1938
Zentrum Paul Klee