Paul Klee (1879 - 1940), Swiss / German

Born in Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland in 1879. He studied art at the Munich Art Academy (1898-1901) and later became associated with the Blaue Reiter group. Klee lived in Germany during the First World War and in 1916 was called up by the German Army. He was not sent to the front-line and spent some of his time painting airplanes. His war experiences appeared in his book, Diaries: 1898-1918. Klee taught at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau. He was an undogmatic teacher and a stimulating writer on art. The most important book Klee wrote during this period was, Pedagogical Stetchbook (1925). With the emergence of Adolf Hitler in Germany, Klee returned to Switzerland. Many his paintings on display in Germany were confiscated by the Nazis as degenerate. The growth of fascism in Europe affected Klee badly and he began to suffer from acute depression. In 1935 Klee developed scleroderma and died in 1940. Paul Klee visited Macedonia, more precisely the city of Thessaloniki in 1915. He made the well-known watercolor painting “Landing in Saloniki 1915” which is part of the collection of Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria.

Paul Klee 1979-1940 Landing in Saloniki 1915 watercolor

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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