Paul Klee - Die Zwitscher-Maschine

Paul Klee - Die Zwitscher-Maschine

The painting shows the Zwitscher-Maschine (Twittering Machine, 1922) by German painter and Bauhaus teacher Paul Klee (1879-1940). As usual, the colours used by the artist can only be acknowledged in seeing the paintings. But I love his combinations of slightly pale, but beautifully mixed colours, with a strong colourful accent now and then. Interestingly, he is said to reach a break-through in the use of colour by traveling to Tunisia in 1914. His hand-drawings and lettering, imperfect but precise, contrast and enrich the work, making it truly unique. And then there is so much more to discover in his paintings.

The great exhibition under the theme Cult of the Artist on Paul Klee at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin (and here) sumerges you in his cosmos, giving and explaining the background of his symbols and motives, his universe. I think, I prefer the word cosmos to describe his world, being somewhat more fantastic, and to match the paintings that he crowds with drawings of faces, plants, animals and other forms.

Curiously, I had to think about twitter (here’s my own one), when looking at the painting above, feeling that in a way, this painting receives a new, visionary meaning.

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