Paul Klee enthusiasts should take note because Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection from the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be running at the National Gallery from November 16, 2018 to March 17, 2019.
It is the first Canadian show dedicated to Klee in nearly forty years. The exhibition is made up of 75 drawings, watercolours and oils and range from his student days in the 1890s to his death in 1940.
Klee is now one of the world’s most popular artists. Although he was often associated with Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism and Abstraction his works are difficult to classify because he largely worked in isolation, putting his own stamp on each idea that he became interested in.
He worked in a variety of mediums. Along with his drawings, watercolours and paintings he also worked in ink, pastel, etching and more. Often he combined media. The materials he used included canvas, burlap, linen, gauze, cardboard, metal foils, fabric, wallpaper and newsprint. Klee was a mixed media king combining oil and watercolour, watercolour with pen and India ink and oil with tempera. He also used spray paint, knife application, stamping, glazing and impasto.
He often felt challenged by colour and spent long periods studying it until he became a master colourist.