As we reach the halfway point of our A–Z of Bauhaus teacher Paul Klee, in our thirteenth instalment, our curator Matthew Gale investigates the artist’s enchanting approach to painting 

One of the most frequently used descriptions of Klee is that he was a wizard or magician. This is especially common at the Bauhaus, where he was contrasted with artist-engineers, like László Moholy-Nagy, who were his colleagues. Klee fed this impression. He insisted on the hand-made nature of his work, making paint, glue, mounts, even brushes, himself.

He kept his Bauhaus studio locked while he worked, only admitting colleagues and students on their agreed knock and at specific times. One colleague called it ‘the wizard’s kitchen … the place where real magic potions were brewed’.

Do you see magic in the work of Paul Klee? Share your thoughts on the artist and leave a comment below.