Paul Klee

1879 - 1940

Photo of Paul Klee

Icon of person Paul Klee

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 for the Renaissance. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Klee has received more than 2,187,293 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Paul Klee is the 48th most popular painter (down from 47th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 8th 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.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.2M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 82.23

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 70

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 11.82

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.84

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Paul Klees by language


Among painters, Paul Klee ranks 48 out of 1,428Before him are Artemisia Gentileschi, Tintoretto, Gustave Courbet, Nicolas Poussin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Caspar David Friedrich. After him are Egon Schiele, Kazimir Malevich, Andrea del Verrocchio, Georges Braque, Camille Pissarro, and Fra Angelico.

Most Popular Painters in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


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

Others Born in 1879

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1940

Go to all Rankings

In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Paul Klee ranks 10 out of 749Before him are Carl Jung (1875), Paracelsus (1493), Jean Piaget (1896), Henry Dunant (1828), Ferdinand de Saussure (1857), and Huldrych Zwingli (1484). After him are Jean-Paul Marat (1743), Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746), Sepp Blatter (1936), Alberto Giacometti (1901), Francesco Borromini (1599), and Johanna Spyri (1827).

Among PAINTERS In Switzerland

Among painters born in Switzerland, Paul Klee ranks 1After him are Arnold Böcklin (1827), Henry Fuseli (1741), Angelica Kauffman (1741), Johannes Itten (1888), Ferdinand Hodler (1853), H. R. Giger (1940), Félix Vallotton (1865), Bernardino Luini (1475), Matthäus Merian (1593), Albert Anker (1831), and Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889).