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Paul Klee
(18 Dec 1879 - 29 Jun 1950)

Swiss-German painter who was one of the most inventive artists of the 20th century. He also created watercolours and prints. His fantastic works, mostly small in scale, included elements from cubism, surrealism and expressionism.

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The worst state of affairs is when science begins to concern itself with art.
— Paul Klee
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There is plenty of room left for exact experiment in art, and the gate has been opened for some time. What had been accomplished in music by the end of the eighteenth century has only begun in the fine arts. Mathematics and physics have given us a clue in the form of rules to be strictly observed or departed from, as the case may be. Here salutary discipline is come to grips first of all with the function of forms, and not with form as the final result in this way we learn how to look beyond the surface and get to the root of things.
— Paul Klee
Quoted in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Feb 1959), 59, citing Bauhaus-Zeitschrijt (1928).
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