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







Quotes from Paul Klee



Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off;

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

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Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.


My mirror probes down to the heart. I write words on the forehead and around the corners of the mouth. My human faces are truer than the real ones.


The main thing now is not to paint precociously but to be, or at least become, an individual. The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions.


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


Nature can afford to be prodigal in everything, the artist must be frugal down to the last detail.

Colour possesses me. It will always possess me. That is the meaning of this happy hour: colour and I are one. I am a painter.


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


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