In last week’s instalment of our A-Z of Paul Klee blog series, Matthew Gale introduced the artist’s father. Now it’s the turn of his mother, Ida, a singer who filled the Klee house with music

Klee family in the garden, Obstbergweg 6, Bern, August 1908

Klee family in the garden, Obstbergweg 6, Bern, August 1908 - Lily Klee, wife of Paul Klee, is in the centre with their son Felix Klee, and his parents, Hans and Ida Maria Klee (née Frick)

Photograph: Paul Klee
Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Schenkung Familie Klee

Ida Frick, the mother of Paul and Mathilde, was a singer, and along with Klee’s father, Hans, a music teacher inspired the musical atmosphere of the Klee household at Obsterweg 6 in Bern. In contrast to her gregarious and forceful husband, Ida was rather sickly, and died quite young of a debilitating illness almost twenty years before Hans. While in Weimar, Paul Klee recorded being visited by her in his dreams when she died in Bern in March 1921.

The EY Exhibition: Paul Klee: Making Visible is at Tate Modern from 16 October 2013 – 9 March 2014