Paul Klee

1879 - 1940

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Paul Klee (German: [paʊ̯l ˈkleː]; 18 December 1879 – 29 June 1940) was a Swiss-born German artist. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually deeply explored color theory, writing about it extensively; his lectures Writings on Form and Design Theory (Schriften zur Form und Gestaltungslehre), published in English as the Paul Klee Notebooks, are held to be as important for modern art as Leonardo da Vinci's A Treatise on Painting was for the Renaissance. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Klee has received more than 2,895,065 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Paul Klee is the 49th most popular painter, the 13th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 12th in 2019) and the most popular Swiss Painter.

Paul Klee is a German-Swiss artist who is most famous for his work in the field of art. He was a painter, draftsman, and sculptor.

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Among painters, Paul Klee ranks 49 out of 2,023Before him are Tintoretto, Nicolas Poussin, Anthony van Dyck, Paolo Veronese, Andrea del Verrocchio, and J. M. W. Turner. After him are Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Andrea Mantegna, Georges Braque, Fra Angelico, Caspar David Friedrich, and Camille Pissarro.

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Among people born in 1879, Paul Klee ranks 4Before him are Albert Einstein, Joseph Stalin, and Leon Trotsky. After him are Kazimir Malevich, Emperor Taishō, Max von Laue, Otto Hahn, Franz von Papen, Francis Picabia, Emiliano Zapata, and Alma Mahler. Among people deceased in 1940, Paul Klee ranks 4Before him are Leon Trotsky, Selma Lagerlöf, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. After him are Walter Benjamin, Neville Chamberlain, J. J. Thomson, Mikhail Bulgakov, Robert Wadlow, Nikolai Yezhov, Carl Bosch, and Peter Behrens.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Paul Klee ranks 13 out of 1,015Before him are Jean Piaget (1896), Ferdinand de Saussure (1857), Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746), Sepp Blatter (1936), Huldrych Zwingli (1484), and Jean-Paul Marat (1743). After him are Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1945), Charles Albert Gobat (1843), Johanna Spyri (1827), Francesco Borromini (1599), Charles Édouard Guillaume (1861), and Johann Bernoulli (1667).

Among PAINTERS In Switzerland

Among painters born in Switzerland, Paul Klee ranks 1After him are Arnold Böcklin (1827), Angelica Kauffman (1741), Johannes Itten (1888), Henry Fuseli (1741), H. R. Giger (1940), Ferdinand Hodler (1853), Félix Vallotton (1865), Albert Anker (1831), Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702), Matthäus Merian (1593), and Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889).