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Lessons in Spontaneity in the Art of Paul Klee

Artistic experimentation that can inspire us all

Tropical Gardening (1923) by Paul Klee. Watercolor and oil transfer drawing on paper, with watercolour on cardboard mount. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, U.S. Source Wikimedia Commons

Just look at this painting. There are mists of layered watercolour, scales of dotted paint, the scratched outline of a snake. A menagerie of animals, plants and machinery unfolding like a wind-up toy. The creation of life from a line that, in overlapping itself, snares a form.

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