Paul Klee: The Abstract Dimension

Edited with text by Anna Szech. Text by Fabienne Eggelhöfer

Paul Klee: The Abstract Dimension examines a previously little-explored aspect of the artist’s oeuvre. Among the nearly 10,000 works Klee created in the course of his career are some of the most pioneering and influential examples of modernist abstraction—works that continue to resonate today.

Starting in 1913, this book presents around 100 works from all periods of Klee’s career, reproducing paintings and drawings from numerous renowned institutions and private collections in Europe and overseas. The works are grouped under four themes—nature, architecture, painting, and graphic characters—that show how Klee constantly oscillated between the semi-representational and the absolute abstract.


Publisher: Hatje Cantz

Artists: Paul Klee

Publication Date: 2018

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 12 in | 24.8 x 30.5 cm

Pages: 200

ISBN: 9783775743310

Retail: $75 | £60 | €70

Status: Available

Paul Klee

Paul Klee was born as a German citizen in Münchenbuchsee near Bern, Switzerland, in 1879. In 1911, he had his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Thannhauser in Munich. In the same year, he met fellow artist Wassily Kandinsky and became acquainted with the expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), exhibiting with them at their second show in 1912. Later that year, after becoming familiar with the art of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Robert Delaunay during a trip to Paris, Klee began incorporating cubist and other innovative colorist techniques and ideas into his own distinct practice. Two years later, in 1914, Klee traveled to Tunisia with his friends, the artists August Macke and Louis Moilliet, a revelatory experience that the artist credits with further awakening him to color. In 1921, he was appointed to the faculty of the Bauhaus by Walter Gropius, the founder and first director of the school, where he taught and worked as a “form master” from 1921 to 1925, while the school was in Weimar, and as a professor from 1926 to 1931, when the school was located in Dessau.