As a key figure in the early 20th-century avant-garde, Paul Klee was also one of the most versatile. This brilliant versatility comes to life in Paul Klee, now available on Musebooks.

Born in Switzerland as the energy of modernism was on the rise, Klee began his pursuit of a career in the arts at a young age. It was his connection with the art movement Der Blaue Reiter, however, in late 1911 that energized his artistic approach. Finding a deep connection with founder Wassily Kandinsky and his colleagues, Klee developed a new fascination with the power of color. From that point, Klee made color and experimentation the focal point of his works and, though the onset of World War II temporarily halted his artistic evolution, Klee returned to his compositions and his experimentation with technique and media with renewed vigor.

What makes Klee’s body of work captivating is that its novelty defied categorization: Klee was an associate of Kandinsky, and yet he was not a pure Expressionist; he experimented with the breakdown of form but he was not a pure Cubist. Klee trekked his own path through the early 20th-century modernist landscape, and that novelty comes full force in this monograph.