View of Saint Germain

Paul Klee (German, 1879 - 1940)

1914. Oil on canvas, 9 x 11 1/8". 1991.001.033

Swiss-German artist Paul Klee’s highly personal vision has made him one of the wittiest and most original of the modern masters. View of Saint Germain is a pivotal work in Klee’s oeuvre. In April 1914, he went to Tunisia, where he discovered the joy of color, declaring, “Color and I are one. I am a painter.” Klee derived his color shapes from the planes and facets of Cubism; here the shapes are simultaneously abstract patterns and representations of walls, roofs, fences, gardens, and mountains.

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