Connect with us

DailyArtMagazine.com – Art History Stories

Paul Klee’s Autumn Atmosphere

Seasons

Paul Klee’s Autumn Atmosphere

Hello autumn! I really like this season, especially for its colour palette: reddish and yellowish leaves, beige rainbow coats, green wellies, orange pumpkins… The colours of fall are warm and they create a unique atmosphere of coziness. Can you feel it in Paul Klee’s autumn paintings?

Familiar autumn views

Paul Klee, Mountain Village (Autumnal), 1934, Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne, Switzerland, autumn klee

Paul Klee, Mountain Village (Autumnal), 1934, Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne, Switzerland

Here Klee painted a familiar landscape as he was born in Münchenbuchsee, in Switzerland. Although it is very abstract, we can still distinguish the shapes of small country houses, lost somewhere in the Swiss mountains. Are they so brightly coloured by the setting autumn sun, or is it more artist’s internal feeling of autumn projected on their walls?

Autumn variety

Paul Klee, Autumn Flower, 1922, The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, autumn klee

Paul Klee, Autumn Flower, 1922, The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, US


Klee’s highly original style had its roots in Expressionism, Cubism and early Surrealism. Often his works seem simplistic, childlike, naive. Sometimes they lean towards geometry, sometimes towards ‘disegno’, drawing. They vary in style, but also in technique, as Klee used various media, including watercolours, ink, oils, pastels, often combining them together.

Autumn colours

 Paul Klee,Herbstblumen Stilleben (Still life with autumn flowers) , 1925, private collection, autumn klee

Paul Klee, Herbstblumen Stilleben (Still life with autumn flowers) , 1925, private collection

Klee, similarly to Expressionists, tried to express his own mood in colours. This is why his paintings are so varied chromatically, ranging from nearly monochromatic to highly polychromatic.

Paul Klee, The messenger of autumn, 1922, Yale University Art Gallery (Yale University), New Haven, CT, US, Klee's Autumn

Paul Klee, The messenger of autumn, 1922, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, US

Autumn sounds

Paul Klee, Small Village in the Autumn Sun, 1925, LACMA, Los Angeles, California, Klee's Autumn

Paul Klee, Small Village in the Autumn Sun, 1925, LACMA, Los Angeles, California


Klee’s father was a musician and Paul himself was trained to play music, too. His interests in sound and harmonies are very evident in his paintings (can you ‘hear’ the rain in this small village?). Poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote about Klee in 1921, “Even if you hadn’t told me he plays the violin, I would have guessed that on many occasions his drawings were transcriptions of music.”

Autumn inspirations

Paul Klee, Diana in the Autumn Wind, 1921, private collection, Klee's Autumn

Paul Klee, Diana in the Autumn Wind, 1921, private collection

Not only was Klee inspired by music, but music got inspired by Klee too!
By the end of 1960s a group of Cleveland-based musicians created a series of songs called  ‘electronic paintings’. The jazz composer Chuck Mangione and local producer-arranger Roger Karshner arranged the album Performing Musical Interpretations of the Paintings of Paul Klee, with a glossy leaflet including lyrics and reproductions of various Klee pictures, but it was not a hit. Shortly afterwards, Mangione’s brother Gap recorded a track Diana In The Autumn Wind (titled like the drawing above!), an instrumental jazz-pop LP, which you can listen to here:

Find out more:

      


Magda, art historian and Italianist, she writes about art because she cannot make it herself. She loves committed and political artists like Ai Weiwei or the Futurists; like Joseph Beuys she believes that art can change us and we can change the world.

Comments

More in Seasons

  • A group of young children eating chips at the seaside. A group of young children eating chips at the seaside.

    20th century

    Sun, Sand and the Sound of the Sea – The Great British Summer Captured in Snapshots

    By

    As a born and bred Brit, the meaning of summer for me is quite simple. Get the shorts on, get the sunglasses out and get down to the seaside. Regardless of what country you grew up in, there really isn’t anything like the feel of sand...

  • 19th Century

    It’s too Hot to Move – Paintings for the Heatwave

    By

    As the heatwave rolls across Europe, it is certainly becoming too hot to move. And when we’re not moving, nothing is more pleasant than to lie down. So, limit all your activity, lie down comfortably and take a look at how lying down in the heat...

  • Lake George Luminist cover Lake George Luminist cover

    19th Century

    Seven Luminist Seascapes to Make You Want a Beach Vacation

    By

    It’s finally summer, and that means it’s time to visit the beach! But if a trip to the lake or the ocean isn’t on your schedule, let these beautiful Luminist seascapes bring the beach to you. The Luminists were American landscape painters from the mid-19th century....

  • dailyart

    Egg Art 2019 Easter Edition

    By

    Two years ago I wrote an Easter article about eggs and what to do with all the remaining ones after the holidays. This year I decided to take up this topic again, since eggs are more than just a still life subject, they are full of...

  • Art State of Mind

    Moondance. Full Moon in Painting

    By

    This week sees the Vernal Equinox, when those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere start to tilt towards the sun. The days begin to get longer, and Spring beckons. At the same time we get a supermoon – a full moon at its closest...

To Top

Just to let you know, DailyArt Magazine’s website uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features and to analyse traffic. Read cookies policy