“Drawing is taking a line for a walk”- Klee
Following todays constellation lecture on ‘how materials and tools hide from view’ I decided to do some brief research into the works of Paul Klee, who was almost a symbolist, nearly an abstractionist, not quite an expressionist or a full-blown surrealist (the guardian, ‘The line king’ 2000).
He was born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland, on December 18, 1879, influenced by a range of artistic movements including surrealism, cubism and expressionism. In his teenage years the artist began studying at the Academy of fine arts Munich and developed signature techniques such as line drawing with a needle on a blackened pane of glass.
Information from – website.
He had an unusual creative process, creating works on broken- textured surfaces and flimsy papers allowing ink to run and bleed, although he was far from being a surrealist. “Klee was fundamentally a transcendentalist who believed that the material world was only one among many realities open to human awareness. His use of design, pattern, color, and miniature sign systems all speak to his efforts to employ art as a window onto that philosophical principle”, according to the website, The art story, Modern art insight.
Some examples of his line drawings!