Ships in the Dark, 1927 (no 143) (oil on muslin on wooden panel), Klee, Paul (1879-1940) / Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany / Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlungen / On loan from a private collection / The Bridgeman Art Library
Paul Klee (1879 – 1940) was an ingenious modern art master with an extensive stylistic range. Klee created small, delicate works, filling them with traces of dreams, music, poetry, and stylistically blended primitive art, Surrealism, Cubism and children’s art. Klee’s initial pen-and-ink drawings were transformed after he visited Tunisia and became smitten with the color and light he found there. Fusing abstraction with reality, Klee fills his work with complex symbols derived from the unconscious. Klee’s work and innovations profoundly influenced 20th century Surrealism, Abstract and Nonobjective art.