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With the Mountain Range, 1919

Paul Klee

Swiss, 1879-1940
Watercolor and gouache on laid paper
9-5/8 x 12-3/4 in. (24.4 x 32.4 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
P.1953.030
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The Swiss-born son of a musician, Paul Klee relinquished music in favor of painting and moved to Germany by the time he was 20. In Munich, Klee formed lifelong relationships with the great German avant-garde, among them Franz Marc, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Vasily Kandinsky. Klee, too, played an integral part in the development of twentieth-century art, as his highly influential and unique talents spanned Surrealism, Expressionism, Primitivism, Romanticism and Cubism. Following the lead of other painters, Klee took a trip to Tunis in 1914. There he experienced the clear, brilliant light of the Mediterranean. In several studies made in situ, as well as compositions made years later, like With the Mountain Range, Klee adopted a cubist grid and employed watercolors to portray the rich hues of the North African landscape. Ever attuned to the natural world, Klee drew from the energy and geometry of his surrounding landscape in even his most abstract explorations.

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