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Peer Into Painter Paul Klee’s World of Color and Creativity

3,900 pages of the artist and teacher's notebooks exploring color theory are now available online

Swiss-German painter Paul Klee, a key figure in early 20th century abstract painting, helped inspire a generation of students when he taught at the Bauhaus, alongside equally impressive graphic design talent Wassily Kandinsky. Best known for his natural drawing talent and deep immersion in color theory, he kept copious notes while studying the use of different shades and hues, which informed a set of published notebooks considered seminal writings about art theory. As noted by Open Culture, Klee’s personal notebooks, a trove of sketches, writings, and musings on the use of color, have been released by the Zentrum Paul Klee. The samples below offer just a small sample of Klee’s investigations into paint and pigments.