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Born in Bern, the capital of Switzerland, in 1879, Paul Klee was an artist representing the 20th century art scene. He studied paintings from 1898 to 1900 in Munich, Germany. He met Kandinsky in 1911 and participated in the exhibition of the Blue Rider in 1912. His trip to Tunisia in 1914 caused him to explore colors, which eventually started to take effect in his style. Being invited by Walter Gropius, Klee taught at Bauhaus for 10 years from 1921 to 1931. From 1931 to 1933, he also taught at the art academy in Dusseldorf. Since this period, he began producing abstract paintings employing color grids. Klee returned to Bern in 1933 to escape Nazi persecution and died in 1940 before the end of the World War II. Klee developed a poetic world of paintings through simplified figurations and symbols.

Sirens Eggs was produced in 1939, a year before Klee’s death. In his last years, Klee, who suffered from restricted movement in hands, produced many paintings composed of bold lines and large color fields. Colors, forms, and lines produce a peaceful rhythm and quietly tell the artist’s sentiment.
Sirens in the title are dangerous sea creatures combining women and birds in Greek mythology. They lured sailors with their beautiful voices to shipwreck them.

Details

  • Title: Sirens Eggs
  • Creator: Paul Klee
  • Date Created: 1939/1939
  • Physical Dimensions: 50.0×110.0
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Watercolor on jute

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