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Storytelling and Abstraction - Paul Klee. A Collection Travelling Around the World

Storytelling and Abstraction - Paul Klee. A Collection Travelling Around the World

The exhibition hall had low light. 

Grey and black were the back drops as I observed selected drawings and paintings by Paul Klee (1879-1940). 
I stood back and looked at the colour, I leaned in and studied the medium and the texture but it was only when I read the titles of the pieces that Klee’s work came alive for me. 

Paul Klee. A Collection Travelling Around the World

Left to Right: Cry for Help, 1932; Overloaded devil, 1932; Thoughts in the Snow, 1933

Cry for Help, Overloaded devil, Thoughts in the Snow and Heroic Roses were some of the titles I felt added poetry and emotion to Klee’s paintings.

Seeing roses as bold, fragmented and angular forms made me think about this iconic flower in a rather awkward way. 

 Paul Klee. A Collection Travelling Around the World  Heroic Roses, 1938

Paul Klee. A Collection Travelling Around the World

Heroic Roses, 1938

There is a mysterious storytelling element when you experience Klee’s painting and drawings together with his words. 
Looking Into the Plain is a perfect example hinting to the viewer a time and place on earth through colour, shape, texture and title. It transports you to another place and you can engage your imagination when you look at this piece.

 Paul Klee. A Collection Travelling Around the World  Looking into the Plain, 1932

Paul Klee. A Collection Travelling Around the World

Looking into the Plain, 1932

Painting from a psychological point of view was ground breaking at the turn of the 20th Century and Klee did alot to advance abstract expressionism seeing past the literal interpretation of his subjects and gaining him a reputation as the master of European abstraction.
These notions of abstraction and storytelling are still relevant today in a market place that is getting saturated with sameness. We need interesting ways of looking at the world around us and we need to be connected to our emotions. 

Paul Klee has reminded me what his looks like

Of Pre-industrial People - From my Notebook

Of Pre-industrial People - From my Notebook

Photo Diary: Sunday at the Botanical Garden

Photo Diary: Sunday at the Botanical Garden