SALT LAKE CITY — Tuesday’s Google Doodle honored the 139th birthday of the late artist Paul Klee.
The doodle specifically shows the 1928 work “Rote Brucke” (Red Bridge), which transformed the look of rooftops and arches of a European city.
Klee influenced several movements in the art industry, including expressionism and surrealism, according to Google’s blog post on the doodle.
Origins: Klee grew up in Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland, in 1879. He began his career as a violinist, working with the symphony orchestra before he became a painter.
- He said he brought a musical style to his artistic drawings.
- “He studied dots, lines, planes and forms observed from nature — whether from the fish tank he kept at home or the veins seen on leaves or the human body — applying his observations to a vast body of work,” according to Google’s blog post.
Breakthrough: Klee experienced a breakthrough when he visited Tunisia. The light in Tunis told him he could embrace "cool romanticism of abstraction,” according to CNET.
- "Color has taken possession of me; no longer do I have to chase after it, I know that it has hold of me forever. … Color and I are one. I am a painter,” he wrote, according to CNET.
Peak: The artist reportedly reached his peak after he taught art in Germany from 1921 to 1933. He released his famous work “Affected Place” in 1922, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- He was fired by the Nazis and so he took his family to Switzerland. He produced more than 1,200 works in 1939 alone. As Art Story explained, his paintings were based on “grief, pain, resilience and acceptance of approaching death.”
- “Some will not recognize the truthfulness of my mirror,” Klee wrote in his diary. “Let them remember that I am not here to reflect the surface … but must penetrate inside. My mirror probes down to the heart.”
Death: The artist died June 29, 1949.