Art: Flyaway Fantasy

Rediscovering the charm and wit--and influence--of Paul Klee

The Hayward Gallery in London is having a show of some 100 watercolors and drawings and a few oils by Paul Klee. It is, of course, thronged. Klee is one of the relatively few 20th century artists genuinely liked by the public for something other than gossip or ridiculously high prices. Milder than clover (which his name means in German), more timid and introspective than a vole listening to the hellish racket of the century outside its burrow, Klee (1879-1940) could never have been accused of being one of the more confrontational artists of his time.

He made drawings and watercolors,...

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