In the final blog of our A–Z series on the many facets of the modern master Paul Klee, our curator Matthew Gale ends on a high with the artist’s love of the zoo – whilst holding back the tears…

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  • Paul Klee Bird = Island 1921 Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

    Paul Klee
    Bird = Island 1921
    Oil drawing 

    Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

  • Paul Klee, 'They're Biting' 1920

    Paul Klee
    They're Biting 1920
    Drawing and oil on paper
    support: 311 x 235 mm
    Purchased 1946 DACS, 2002

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  • Paul Klee, 'Comedy' 1921

    Paul Klee
    Comedy 1921
    Watercolour and oil on paper
    support: 305 x 454 mm
    Purchased 1946 DACS, 2002

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  • Paul Klee, 'The Protector' 1926

    Paul Klee
    The Protector 1926
    Pen and ink on paper on board
    support: 300 x 487 mm
    Presented by Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler 1974, accessioned 1994 DACS, 2002

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  • Paul Klee with the cat Fripouille, Possenhofen, 1921. Photo: Felix Klee Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Klee Family Donation

    Paul Klee with the cat Fripouille in Possenhofen, Germany in 1921, alongside his work All Souls’ Picture, 1921

     Photo: Felix Klee. Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Klee Family Donation

Paul Klee was, presumably, stimulated by the visual variety of nature brought together in zoos. On 27 December 1928, for instance, he was in Cairo and visited both the treasures of Tutankhamen at the Cairo Museum and the city’s zoo (the setting of which he admired).

In March that same year he had been on more familiar territory. The day after the opening of his exhibition at the Galerie Flechtheim in Berlin, he went to the zoo before going on to see Charlie Chaplin’s hit film The Circus, and then to visit his friend, the critic, Carl Einstein. The day summarises some of Klee’s many interests: nature, popular entertainment and intellect.

After 30+ blog posts over nine months, with a heavy heart we reach the end of our A-Z of Paul Klee blog series. We hope you’ve enjoyed finding out about the ambidextrous, methodical, mysterious and musical, Bauhaus teacher as much as we have! Come across any surprises along the way or know something we don’t? Let us know!

The EY Exhibition: Paul Klee: Making Visible is at Tate Modern is on display until 9 March 2014