This landscape perfectly reflects Paul Klee’s endless oscillation between the figurative and the abstract and his mastery of geometric forms combined with an original color play which became his signature style. Klee dedicated much of his production to investigating the interrelationships of color by blending and interweaving opposing tones, beautifully exemplified in the present work.
At the heart of Klee's distinct and methodical approach to painting was his belief that his art was a manifestation of his innermost self. The complex beauty of his paintings became the basis for his reputation as one of the great intellectual painters of the twentieth century. According to Andrew Kagan, "Klee's greatness as a colorist and his gift as a draftsman embrace a truly extraordinary range of diversity... It must be understood that his ultimate ambitions embraced the concept of an art that would resolve all apparent contradiction, an art that would reconcile all dualities and oppositions—in other words, an art of the ultimate synthesis" (Andrew Kagan, Paul Klee at the Guggenheim Museum (exhibition catalogue), Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, 1993, pp. 26-27).
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