Art: Uncle's Nemesis

In 1924, Swiss Painter Paul Klee, as unfettered as a yodeler on the Matterhorn, gave his fellow artists some advice. If a literalist should look at one of their portraits, he told them, and say, "But that isn't a bit like uncle," the disciplined artist should reply, "To hell with uncle! I must get on with my building . . ."

Klce faithfully followed his own advice, painstakingly built his own delicate, rainbow-touched pictures and his light-fingered, witty drawings until his death in 1940.

Anything served Artist-Philosopher Klee for bricks. Starting around 1900 with...

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