Paul Klee: The Twittering Machine, Animal Images Christian Kumelin
Few modern artists captivate young audiences as much as Paul Klee, whose whimsical drawings and paintings are both childlike and sophisticated, filled with joy, colour and humour. Among the most beloved of his works are those in which animals - birds, fish, cats and others - seem to frolic across the page. This collection of colour illustrations, facts and fun is designed to engage younger readers in an educational artistic dialogue. Christian Rumelin takes a close look at Klee's most famous animal drawings, including "The Twittering Machine", "Fish Picture", and "Where the Eggs and the Good Roast Come From", to explore the artist's use of colour, symbol and abstraction, and his famous method of improvisation, which can be summed up in his memorable statement, "A line is a dot that went for a walk". Asking questions about the artist's motivation - does he want to confuse his audience or tell a story? - Rumelin encourages readers to open their imaginations and stretch their creative muscles.