Paul Klee Quotes

Who is Paul Klee?

Paul Klee was a Swiss German artist especially known for his paintings.

Born December 18, 1879
Died June 29, 1940

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Best 25 Quotes by Paul Klee

“A line is a dot that went for a walk.”

“All art is a memory of age-old things, dark things, whose fragments live on in the artist.”

“All the things an artist must be: poet, explorer of nature, philosopher!”

“Art does not reflect what is seen, rather it makes the hidden visible.”

“Art does not reproduce the visible; it makes visible.”

“Art doesn't reflect what we see; it makes us see.”

“Art makes something a lot more visible or audible.”

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“Art should be like a holiday: something to give a man the opportunity to see things differently and to change his point of view.”

“Becoming is superior to being.”

“Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet.”

“Drawing is the art of taking a line for a walk.”

“For the understanding of a picture a chair is needed. Why a chair? To prevent the legs, as they tire, from interfering with the mind.”

“Genius is the error in the system.”

“He has found his style, when he cannot do otherwise.”

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“I paint in order not to cry.”

“Like people, a picture has a skeleton, muscles and skin.”

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“Make chance essential.”

“My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.”

“Nothing can be rushed. It must grow, it should grow of itself, and if the time ever comes for that work, then so much the better!”

“One eye sees, the other feels.”

“Satire must not be a kind of superfluous ill will, but ill will from a higher point of view... hatred against the bogged-down vileness of average man as against the possible heights that humanity might attain.”

“The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions.”

“The worst state of affairs is when science begins to concern itself with art.”

“There is no substitute for intuition.”

“To emphasize only the beautiful seems to me to be like a mathematical system that only concerns itself with positive numbers.”

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