Klee was a talented musician and musical theorist. This work was one of his many landscapes made in the 1920s that reflected his interest in music. The irregular patches of colour resemble musical notes and the horizontal dark lines, staves.
Seaside Resort in the South of France 1927
327 x 488 mm
Date of work
Graphite, crayon and watercolour on paper on board 32.7 x 48.8 cm
Born near Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland in 1879, Klee was an inventive artist, art theorist and talented musician. In 1898 he moved to Munich to study art first under Knirr then moving to Stuck in the Munich Academy. His first major work was series of ten etchings ‘Inventions’ in 1903-05. At various points in his life he associated with artists Kandinsky, Jawlensky, Macke, Marc and Deluanay. In 1921 he moved to Weimar to teach at the Bauhaus, later moving with the academy to Dessau. He taught until 1933, when he was dismissed by the Nazis. This dismissal profoundly affected him, both physically and regarding his output of work. Klee died in exile, in Switzerland in 1940.