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Paul Klee is a famous Surrealist painter regarded by the Nazis as a degenerate artist Born on December 18 1879 in Munchenbuchsee near Bern Switzerland Klee enters the most prestigious art school in Germany the Munich Academy at the age of 21 Shortly thereafter he moves to Munich and travels throughout Europe studying impressionist artwork and incorporating color into his work far more than in previous years In 1910 he gets his own private exhibition in Bern and from this point on he works with such artists as Wassily Kandinsky and August Macke In 1916 his works become extremely desirable to the public At this point he returns to Munich and has a huge exhibition displaying 362 of his works Klee then is admitted to the Bauhaus to teach art until he comes down with scleroderma in 1936 and dies in 1940 Destroyed Place an oil painting on cardboard surrounded with silver by Paul Klee now resides in Lenbachhaus a museum in Munich Germany This painting was completed in 1920 and is very mysterious in both meaning and appearance The top of the painting is bright and calm rather than destroyed It soon becomes very dark depicting the scary setting of the painting due to the death and destruction which previously occurred at the sight of the painting The cross atop the hill in the background of the painting is suggestive of the burial site of Jesus Christ The other crosses scattered across the painting reinforce the theme of death through their repetitive use in the painting The foreground of this painting is at the bottom where the green hump is a gravestone and the two hands are anthropomorphic The triangular shape on the right side of the painting suggests that something is emerging from the ground Perhaps it is going to evolve into something not similar to the two hands of people killed in the First World War coming back from the dead The
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