Monday, 28 March 2016

Paul Klee at the Phillips Collection

Here I am in Washington DC at cherry blossom time. Today we walked more than 21 km. We visited the Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Phillips Collection, where I saw this example of Paul Klee. Not one of his most inspiring pieces, but what intrigued me is that it was done on burlap.

Arab Song, Paul Klee, 1932
oil on burlap

If I see other Klees during the next few days, I will share them here. Not a clue how I'm going to respond to our Klee challenge!


  1. Well, I saw five lovely Klee paintings at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and I am no further ahead! Unfortunately, photos were not allowed. Even more disappointing is that, as I understand it, paintings in the Barnes collection never travel.

  2. If you look at and do a search in collections for Klee you will see a lot of pictures of his work. I'm not sure that they are all in the museum, but it's a useful source for us.
    Heather, his Revolutions of Viadukts is reminiscent of your chairs that you did at the MMFA class

  3. MOMA NY has an even larger collection online

  4. I have just discovered that there is a major exhibition of Klee's work that has opened today at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, with works from the Zentrum Paul Klee in Berne. I already knew which painting I would use before the choice of the artist was announced, as I would have chosen Klee eventually myself, and have a good idea of what I am going to do, though I need to try out a few things first. I'm looking forward to the exhibition and maybe seeing the original painting if I'm Lucky.

  5. Oooooh! You are so lucky to have a chance to see that show!

  6. I went to our local town library today - and they don't have a single book on Klee!!!! I even had to spell out his name. But I did find this link online: It has dozens of pages of images - yes, it is for buying prints but that's not a worry. You can even search by category (in the left hand column).
    I have a couple of ideas but they need to marinade for a while. It would be so easy to copy any one of his works but that isn't the challenge.
    Fortunately I have been working on the Contemporary Quilt 2016 Challenge (On the Edge) and have submitted two pieces. Now I'm working on a waterfall idea which has been niggling away in the back of my mind for a long time - time for action!