Paul Klee

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve taken up photoblogging this week. In an effort to inspire my daily posts, I am turning to my phone’s camera roll and finding a photo I took recently and using it to anchor my post.

The weekend before last, the Gotham Gal and I went up to the Met Breuer to check out a show by Kerry James Marshall that had gotten glowing reviews in the NY Times. Sadly that show was not yet open (why write about a show that is not open?). But happily, the museum had their collection of Paul Klee paintings on display.


If there is one painter I would love to own a painting by, it is Paul Klee.

The wit and wisdom in his work lines up with my taste just perfectly.

I use his “Twitter Bird” painting as the background in my Twitter profile and have been doing that for as long as I can remember.

It’s not quite like owning a Klee painting but it works for me.


Comments (Archived):

  1. pointsnfigures

    He’s pretty great. Occasionally on Thursdays we walk down the street to the Art Institute. It’s free in the evening. They have a decent Klee collection.… Of course, now the lions have Cub hats on them. https://uploads.disquscdn.c

    1. jason wright

      gone green with envy.

      1. awaldstein

        Interesting.That’s why I was obsessed with Black Mountain College back when. Interdisciplinary including of course Bucky.Spend a summer sometime and build a geodesic dome. It’s like architectural yoga. Crazy how it works.

        1. Twain Twain

          Bucky was a genius and I didn’t learn about him until I was 16 in chemistry class. The C60, an allotrope of Carbon, is known as “Bucky balls”.Geodesic domes I learnt about when I was 13. The Royal Institution selected me for their maths masterclasses where they taught us about Turing, geodesic topography and cryptography.@fredwilson:disqus — So somewhere in those TEAL, CSNYC and Mike Zamansky classes is a teenager whose imagination is being sparked and skills developed. And when they grow up … they remember those things they learnt and experienced, and apply it to invent the future.

        2. fredwilson

          Joanne and I saw an incredible exhibit on Black Mountain College at the Hammer Museum last winter in LA. They had works from music to sculpture to painting to furniture and many other art forms on display. What a special place and time that was

          1. fredwilson

            Here is the link to the show we saw…

          2. awaldstein

            So special and formative for me personally.We need more of these interdisciplinary focus points in life.Thanks for link below–honestly looks like an amazing exhibition.

          3. panterosa,

            I am so bummed I missed the Hammer show….because those kinds of interwoven interdisciplinary moments/people/places are really powerful and change perspective for entire communities.

      2. Rick Mason

        For me it has always been Salvador Dali. I’ve always been fascinated by the guy. So far I’ve had to settle for his prints on my walls. https://uploads.disquscdn.c

        1. Twain Twain

          In my teens, THIS was the Dali that grabbed my attentions: ‘The Persistence of Memory’ https://uploads.disquscdn.c

          1. panterosa,

            I did senior year high school in Barcelona before going to RISD. A heavy focus in art history. IT WAS SO AWESOME.

          2. Twain Twain

            Lucky you! Am now very envious.Barca has a lot of great architecture. When creatives re-shape form factors whilst changing functional utility of something …That’s when I’m “Whoa! Wow!”Like Parc Guell:https://uploads.disquscdn.c…There are these references to ginger bread houses in childhood fairytales and yet it’s got landscaped elevations and it functions as playwark (both a playground for adults and kids and a park).Genius like that is super-inspiring.

          3. panterosa,

            We studied Gaudi ny night, and partied in Parc Guell after hours when they shut. Had the place to ourselves. I feel sometimes like his work is so familiar I could walk in it blindfolded. But every time I go back I find new stuff.

    1. JamesHRH

      Rene Magritte.

  2. phoneranger

    I’m a fan.

  3. jason wright

    if you owned a Klee what would you do with it?1. hang it on a wall at home2. loan it to a gallery/museum for public appreciation3. store it in a high security art warehouse4. other – ?That frame is a bit too busy for a Klee.

    1. fredwilson

      1 and/or 2

      1. jason wright

        good man. buy two and rotate through 1. and 2.4. could be a decentralised art gallery/ museum concept. choose 1. and focus a camera on the painting and the public gets to view it on a blockchain network of privately owned and hung paintings. the loss of so much art to the public space is a great shame. The museum and gallery… democracy the atomic unit of the vote is evenly distributed. in economy the atomic unit is not, and consequently art is also not. needs addressing as a matter of some urgency for modern culture to be progressive.

        1. Jess Bachman

          Why is the blockchain starting to feel like “pumpkin spice” in October.

  4. Tracey Jackson

    It’s always interesting to hear which artist someone would want to own above all others if – for me it would be Rothko. People’s favorite artists tells a lot about them. Along with wit and wisdom there is something mathematical about Klee’s compositions, makes sense it would appeal to you.Lots of good shows opening soon in NYC! Thank you for sharing that Fred.

    1. Susan Rubinsky

      I love Rothko too. Beacuse when I was a little girl I went on a school trip to the Yale art gallery. When we walked into the room with the giant red Rothko, I was mesmerized. It was as if everything around me went silent. I had an awakening. Because of that Rothko I understood how much bigger the world was than I previously knew it to be and I understood that I could grow up and be anything in the world I wanted to be.After that day, when grown-ups would ask me what I wanted to be, I’d say, “An artist,” much to my mother’s disappoint. She would always follow up with a string of reasons as to why I should never be an artist. Mainly, she thought it impractical and a sign of wishful thinking. I didn’t care. I just went on creatung my secret artist life in my mind without telling her.When I was a teen, I used to drive to New Haven to visit the Rothko. I still do from time to time.

      1. awaldstein

        Growing up–my dad took me to the Museum of Natural History a million times, my mom to the Met.Great parents.They proved that focus and time is more important than economics in raising your kids.I look back at lower middle class upbringing with other languages spoken at home, everyone with jobs and see myself as lucky.

        1. Susan Rubinsky

          I understand that thought. I was lucky too for all the same reasons. My parents did the best they could, given their working class life and roots.

        2. LE

          My dad took me to factories, hardware stores and gift shows and in some cases schlepped me along on sales appointments. [1] Which explains much about what I found interesting later in life.(Btw, Imagine if your parents had taken you to the Mets instead of the Met.)[1] I remember being bored out of my mind having to ride with him to Filenes in NY somewhere and hang around for what seemed like 4 hours in a store w/o a toy department. [2][2] This is back when kids cared and dreamed about toys.

          1. awaldstein

            Good share and good parents it sounds like.My dad was really poor growing up in Paterson and took the train to NYC to go to school at night and fell in love with NY for museums, for the used books stores, for the Jewish Delis, for the people.His goal was to retire to a studio in the West Village with my mom, adopt an old dog and become part of the community in that way, tutoring kids and mentoring lower income children. .Great man. So said that he passed away so young and didn’t get to do that.Fond memories that make me feel good honestly and lucky.

          2. LE

            So said that he passed away so youngIf not to personal a question, did your Mom remarry?

          3. awaldstein

            Nope–never was inclined.My dad was the only boyfriend she ever had and was simply content. Was a second mother to my kid after I divourced and had custody, volunteered with cancer patients, did community work.Terrific human being.

          4. LE

            Your mother, like my grandmother was a true “single mom”. Back when there was not the support and social services that there are today. My grandfather (on mothers side) died when my mom was 15. She and her 3 siblings (back in the early 40’s) had to work to keep things afloat. (My dad of course lost both of his parents in his teens during the war).Can’t even imagine what it was like for your mom or my grandmother back in mid century to be a single parent.

        3. panterosa,

          Arnold, I was always led to believe that a proper Jewish upbringing requires books, music, art and theater. You simply did as much as you could with the money you had – it had little to do with economics and more with culture.

          1. awaldstein

            I always thought it meant having chopped liver sandwiches on a stale Bialy in their lunch bag and cold borsch to start the meal, luchen kugel to end it ๐Ÿ˜‰

      2. LE

        She would always follow up with a string of reasons as to why I should never be an artist.To any future parents out there the way to get your kids ‘with the program’ of life (as you see it) [1] is not by telling them what to do and what not to do the way your mother did (which is what most parents do). Reason? With some kids (and people) that doesn’t work. They often have the opposite reaction out of spite and dig their heals in. The way to pull this off is by subtly giving examples of people (and careers you want your kids to be) by talking about those careers in terms of glowing affection. So indirectly, not directly. Then when something up that you don’t like you subtly slip in some negatives and disapproval. Must be at a young age prior to puberty. So you skip the part of criticizing or belittling the child for anything they want to be when they grow up. This all differs with the parent and the family obviously. One family might want a fireman, another might not. Kids pick up on what their parents admire, assuming the parent is reasonably respected by the child. This works with adults as well by the way if done right. Who can forget a particular friend that had a love for something that you picked up?Art of course is well recognized as being impractical for all but a select few. My sister was an artist and studied in Rome which my parents didn’t approve of and the way I remember it didn’t pay for it either. While she was in high school in fact her work was good enough that it was stolen from a public place (mid 70’s) and there was a newspaper and tv story about the theft. After the story appeared the art turned up in “some rich lady’s house” and was returned. My sister wasn’t able to make a career out of art though. She ended up working for me in my first business where she learned actual skills which then allowed her to get some really good jobs. Much to my dad’s credit he offered to give me the money for part of her salary if I hired her prior to that she was just working min wage in a frame shop. She does have some things she sells on ETSY.[1] This assumes the parent is solid enough and has some clue as to where to point a child, which they should. If you think your 6 or 10 year old knows better maybe you are not that parent.

        1. Susan Rubinsky

          LOL.I know this :)I did not repeat the same mistake with my son. (Though my ex-husband did all the stupid shit that my Mom did even though I kept having private conversations with him to not do so.)In my case, the awakening was both specific and universal in that I understood there was so much more in the world than I previously understood there to be as well as specific because I understood that I wanted to be an artist. My idea of being an artist evolved over my lifetime, from tactical to strategic as I grew from a little girl into who I am today.I studied English literature, poetry writing and ceramic sculpture in college and it has both infused and informed everything I have done in life to date. In a way, what makes my services valuable as a consultant is the fact that I bring creativity to the strategic process. Very few people can pull off what I do unless they have both strength in logic and strength in creativity.My son has both of these strengths too. Perhaps it is hereditary but I am certain that it also was strengthened because I nurtured both.

          1. LE

            In a way, what makes my services valuable as a consultant is the fact that I bring creativity to the strategic process. Good point. If not there already, you should somehow highlight that on your website in the collateral material.Very few people can pull off what I do unless they have both strength in logic and strength in creativity.I actually consider my strong suit in some of the things that I do now my creativity. Yet I had no formal training or education in those areas. Even when I did photography in high school and college (and got paid for it) I had no formal training. I just understood immediately good composition and other things that I am sure they teach in courses. Ditto for videography (unpaid). Likewise I didn’t do particularly well in high school in graded writing assignments. Yet now I am able to make money by way of writing. My point is it’s possible you are not giving enough credit to things other than your school courses. (Your comment on your son as an example). Trump took the same real estate courses as others at Wharton yet it is his creativity (and some other things to be sure but mainly creativity in deal structuring) that sets him apart. Creative problem solver. Scale of US perhaps to large for that type of person unfortunately forgetting the other drawbacks.I had a client last year who was a fairly well know documentary and traditional film director/producer whose work has been in theaters and on HBO. When he asked me to help him (paid) he wanted access to my work product and wanted to know at all times what I was doing. I told him “I don’t do that, it messes with my creative process please find someone else” (in a nice way of course not those words!). He immediately understood and backed off and hired me anyway. Noting that the same approach wouldn’t have worked with a non creative person but I understood enough what his hot button was to target my objection in language that he understood. (Not things you learn in school you learn in actual practice.)

          2. Susan Rubinsky

            My website is so outdated it’s useless. It’s like the cobbler’s children. I’ve been far too busy to get to it for years and years now. It’s doesn’t reflect a whole lot of things.

          3. LE

            I actually identified this behavior way back in the mid 90’s. From my experience in the printing business and small business I immediately recognized that a small entrepreneur or business would in no way have the time to keep their website up to date. Wearing many hats and there are no reliable people that you can just assign a task and hope to have a good outcome. It’s both content (which needs to be written and kept updated and changing) as well as site design. There are tools to help but it’s still time consuming and takes discipline.Joanne’s sister (Fred’s sister in law) did a good job with this site:http://www.drivethrubrandin

          4. Susan Rubinsky

            Thanks for the info. I actually provide web production services. I will eventually get to my own site. All my work is from existing accounts or referral work currently, so it’s not a priority. I’m going to schedule some time to create a new site after I finish my new biz/life plan.

          5. Quantella Owens

            As another who studied English Lit, I’d say that it might be because of an unheralded fact: English majors learn context. It is a natural by-product of learning about story development and character-both buildings, locations and people. It is translatable to a great deal more than is creditable in our modern society.

          6. Susan Rubinsky

            Absolutely. You also learn to analyze, critique and write.

      3. pointsnfigures

        Ha. Great story!! I was dating a girl in high school that was really into art. I was into basketball. We made a bet. If I lost, we went to the Art Institute. If she lost, she went to a Bulls game. I lost the bet. I knew NOTHING about art at all other than it was paint on canvas. I walked into the first gallery and asked, “Are these all originals?”. Needless to say, the relationship didn’t work out but I did gain an appreciation for art and truly love it. My favorite is Picasso, Matisse or Toulouse-Lautrec. I don’t know much about modern art, but Klee, and Ed Paschke are awesome. I don’t “get” a lot of it. My friend’s daughter is doing really cool stuff with fabric. Check this out. http://www.jacquelinesurdel

        1. LE

          I knew NOTHING about art at all other than it was paint on canvas.Art is anything that you can find an appreciation of by knowing things about it that others do not know or that you have learned or learned to appreciate. Ever see the high end ovens they have now for kitchens? Or other upscale appliances? They are works of art in design and construction.To you and other sports fans watching “the game” is art. The plays are art. To me it’s not. I don’t know enough. Although the TV production values are art to me because I have an appreciation of that.You’d be surprised at how many things are art that aren’t considered traditional art. [1]That said when I was a kid I also thought of art as “paint on canvas in museums”.One of my problems with art is that some of it (the traditional art, paintings and drawings) is so random it’s as if I could do it or a 10 year could. I don’t consider that art.[1] The woman that lived above my first business was an artist. I’ve told the story here before of how I took her to the basement where we had bought some nice new shelving (industrial) and explained the quality and construction and how that was art to me. She looked all wide eyed and actually thought she had learned something. I had a knowledge and appreciation of that, ditto for machines and how they work (mechanical art).This is that artist: http://www.dianegreenpainti

    2. awaldstein

      The Rothko room at the Moma Abstract Expressionist show a bit ago was a waking dream to me.I must have gone back a dozen times.

      1. Susan Rubinsky

        I am so sad I did not go. I don’t even know why I didn’t.

  5. Sebastien Latapie

    I do something similar with my Twitter profile picture – a piece by Steve Kim that I love and happen to own. Recently I’ve been fixated on Tracie Cheng pieces. While not expensive not a reasonable expense for me to have today – one day! https://uploads.disquscdn.c

  6. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Love Klee and all the Bauhaus gang. I don’t know if I could name a favorite artist. But I have a deeply special love for Warhol for a whole bunch of reasons. So I would own a Warhol if I could.

    1. panterosa,

      See comment below on Bauhaus…I would want a Niki de St Phalle sculpture. Have you seen her shooting paintings?

      1. Kirsten Lambertsen

        Fascinating! I think I’d seen one briefly in art history class but never committed the name of the artist to memory. Her sculptures are certainly iconic.I just realized I *do* own a Warhol โ€” the original hardcover of “A” that I stole from the college library when I graduated.

  7. panterosa,

    I am reading the Klee notebooks he used for teaching at the Bauhaus – including The Thinking Eye and The Nature of Nature. Have you seen them? They dig into the root of visual experience and visual expression. A parallel is made about him – Klee is to modern art what Newton was to physics. I think you’d like them since they get down to the atomic units of visuals.Klee was able to do this work because he and a host of other modern greats (Bucky Fuller, Frank Lloyd Wright), all came through Froebel Kindergarten with Froebel blocks and so on. As I write, I am putting together an abstract set of playthings for the very young around my work on patterns and Froebel’s visual spatial literacy goals which link Froebel, Klee, and Bruno Munari that will land at some excellent art and science museums soon for testing. It is really fun work, but also deep and to the core of cognitive development. It is the core play that children should be doing in early childhood. It is the foundation for the education of the future.

    1. Kirsten Lambertsen

      Wow, can’t wait to see!

      1. panterosa,

        It’s the coolest work I’ve ever done. The culmination of being an artist, designer, mother, teacher, and game inventor.It lines up with all the best thinking in early childhood education, which makes it easier for the Ed PhD’s to love. Pray with me it can move the rusty calcified needle in early ed by getting adopted.

        1. Kirsten Lambertsen

          A to the m.e.n.

    2. awaldstein

      You must know then the visual/poetic/architectural work that came out of Black Mountain College then?

      1. panterosa,

        Yes, I know of some of the work, the artists, and their goals. I am bummed to have missed the show that was in Boston and then recently at Hammer in LA. It would be nice to see it together.I’m sure a lot of the artists had Froebel Kindergarten.

        1. awaldstein

          I wrote my thesis on Charles Olson who was the resident poet there.Crazy brilliant philosopher and writer.

          1. panterosa,

            Interesting. Makes sense you’d be inspired by a poet of that ilk.My thesis was a diagram of pictures with gold lines connecting them on a clear shower curtain. The installations was in acrylic fur. Even RISD had to stretch a bit for that….

  8. Bill Carrier

    Pictures of the original(s) likely give you more joy and can be displayed in infinitely more ways than the original could (i.e., in your post). Go ahead, own as many Klee’s as you want. Your post struck me because I have felt limited by my appreciation of art extending to a desire to possess it. When I have extended financially to “own” the art I’ve liked (certainly not master pieces) it eventually fades to background visual clutter. Thank you for your thought-provoking post.

  9. BillMcNeely

    What’s the market for one of those? I owned a Paccasio for a period of time. It was just a sketch among the thousands that flooded the markets in the mid 00’s

  10. SubstrateUndertow

    Paul Klee Strong Dreamhttps://images-na.ssl-image…

  11. sigmaalgebra

    Yup, art, say, “the communication, interpretation of human experience, emotion.”I REALLY like nearly the full range of classical music but have a much tougher time with paintings. For Paul Klee, nope — I don’t get it.Some paintings I can get, e.g.,Edmund Blair Leighton, God Speedhttps://upload.wikimedia.or…Right, she’s drop dead gorgeous, worth his going out to fight to protect, and he might not come back alive.So, for communicating an experience, once at age 15 I had an experience a little like that: I called my girlfriend; her mother answered and eagerly gave me the phone number of the house of the cousin of my girlfriend and where my girlfriend was; I called there and she eagerly invited me over.Well, that was several miles away, in the evening. So, on my bicycle, I started out, rode west, then north, then west again, and then into the danger: I had two choices: (1) I could use the sidewalk, but there were many crossings by driveways with very high curbs, so high jumping the curbs on my bicycle would have had the front sprocket hit the curb; so I would have to walk and be very late or (2) ride in the street and have a chance to be on time. So I took (2), but there was no room on the street for a bicycle; auto traffic was fast and heavy; and cars were going by me close enough to touch at 30-40 MPH. I could easily have been knocked off my bicycle, run over, and seriously injured or killed, and I knew it. But I made it without harm.But I can understand the human experience of that knight loving that gorgeous and attentive woman and going out to battle where he might not come back.Not very subtle art!And I can understand Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Partyhttp://www.phillipscollecti…So, the men are in sleeveless T-shirts like they were about to put in 10 hours on the loading docks, and the women, with astoundingly pretty faces, are dressed in layers of much more expensive clothing.So, the men were the hard workers, and the women, decorative, cared for, privileged characters.Moreover, there was little social interaction, e.g., unlike in the Leighton painting, there is no eye contact.So, the poor men were doing all the work; the women were being cared for; but the women were ignoring the men, so much that the men were not even trying with the women. Bummer.I can understand that human experience!But Paul Klee? Nope: I don’t get it!For me, classical music is much easier to like!E.g., just last night at…I watched a Trump rally from Michigan with an introduction by Bobby Knight. Well, apparently Trump has decided to junk his overly simplistic theme music. So, in that video clip, as Knight finishes his introduction and Trump comes on stage, at about 2:14:35 in the video clip, the music is The Star Spangled Banner. Sure, the usual performance is some woman with enough range for the piece singing a cappella, struggling with intonation, using pop music flourishes, and struggling with any musical expression.But here someone, not for the first time in the Trump campaign, picked a really good performance, this time with both chorus and orchestra and with some unusually good orchestration and conducting for an unusually good musical expression.I can’t explain all of music, but for a little of it there is something of a language. E.g., (1) can rise in pitch and volume and create rising emotion, (2) can have closer harmonies, closer to full dissonance, to create a sense of intensity, (3) can do the voicing, e.g.…say, playing the same notes but separated by some octaves and on different instruments, to create a sound that is emotionally more powerful, etc., (4) can use rhythm and repetition to be insistent, etc.At times music is like very emotional human speaking but with just the emotion and without the words — omitting the words and using music permit communication of more of the emotions. Sure, can’t give a solid proof of a math theorem this way, but maybe can show the emotions of struggling to find a proof and, finally, having the triumph of doing so, and for other struggles in life.Also there are some musical cliches that a composer can start with and, then, vary so that the listener can hear a common situation but with some variation, as in life there are common situations but with variation. So, the music can communicate the human experience, emotion of the variation of common experiences.And a lot of music can be regarded as analogies or even allegories.Well, that performance of the The Star Spangled Banner. used a lot of those features, devices, etc. of music.For another example of a Trump campaign selection, there is from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony a solo male voice. But there Beethoven wrote music difficult to sing, and one artistic effect is a single man successfully facing the difficulties and succeeding.One of the techniques is a theme and variations. So, the artistic experience can be, from the one theme, some one situation in life and, from the variations, the ups, downs, challenges, struggles, successes with that situation.Three examples:(1) Bach’s Prelude to His First Unaccompanied Cello PieceMstislav Rostropovich…Janos Starker…Mischa Maisky…Pierre Fournier…Maurice Gendron…Of these, my favorite is and long has been Gendron.The piece is also fun to play on violin if transpose it in an easy way, from G major to D major and up an octave!(2) Bach’s Chaconne, D Major SectionJulia Fischer…Jascha Heifetz7:08 — 10:20Heifetz makes a lot of the triplets, makes them insistent.…Before and after the D Major section the piece is in D Minor. The whole piece has too much to use to make a simple point.The ending of the D Major section is one of the best climaxes in music, maybe some screaming out of the striving and victory of the human spirit.It’s a LOT of fun to play!(3) Samuel Barber – Adagio for StringsThe orchestration is astounding.The climax is one of the most intense in, right, music, art, life, etc.It’s a Japanese performance, and they get it with this music very well — the music is universal, amazing since from mitochondrial DNA studies the most recent common ancestor of Japan and the US (Western Europe) is about 40,000 years ago. So, since Japan and the US are so close on this music and the common ancestor is still closer to each of Japan and the US, the common ancestor would also have been able to get it. Amazing!

  12. Paul Sanwald

    Wow this is perfect timing, I’m visiting NYC later this week and was just about to check what’s going on at the Met. Definitely going to go check this out!I also like that foursquare immediately prompted me with “planning a trip to nyc? here’s cool stuff”. I continue to really dig foursquare.

  13. PhilipSugar

    I like Keith Haring. I know somebody that owns one of my favorites which is his minimalist marker style person with a clock in one hand and money in the other, trying to weigh which is more important. I was with him when he bought it in an art gallery in Georgetown in the early 90’s and thought he was crazy. I was the one that was crazy. It is too bad that one of the reasons it is worth so much is that he tragically died.

    1. awaldstein

      Love Keith Haring! A hero of mine. Barking Dogs and Man Walking on Water are in my study, original prints signed.On a mission to find a good–affordable–Statue of Liberty from him to complement the Lichtenstein one I have.So much lore around him.He and his group used to meet in a bar in LES, divvy up the spray cans and they would head out into the subways and did graffiti till either they ran out of paint or were arrested.I love this city.

      1. PhilipSugar

        You know funny, I go to Singapore 4 times a year. I get the double tap call from my wife in London during a late dinner. I take the call. Everybody is concerned something happened at home. The Art teacher at my son’s school says here is Keith Haring’s art (graffiti) my son says that is not art it is graffiti. She says, no it’s art. He says my Dad goes to Singapore and they will break your butt for doing that. All the boys laugh and he gets detention.I come back to the table and everybody is concerned. I relay the story. A Brit in a dry sense of humor says: Well they do..

        1. awaldstein

          Love this.I reported into Singapore in the 90s during the caning era!.Crazy transitions back then. CREAF headquarters was basically an apartment on the outskirts packed with programmers and my desk overlooked the street vendors cooking food on open fires and then heading out with their hand pushed food carts.Once a month for four years!

          1. PhilipSugar

            I bought this the other day at my house. Stopped at the bridge over the Chesapeake for work. I told her I loved the painting. She said come buy it for charity at the Brandywine Art Festival. I said sorry I can’t I am sponsoring a Lego competition at my office for kids.I emptied my wallet and she sold it to me. Glad I keep at least one stone ($100 bill) in my wallet. Trained by Wyeth.https://uploads.disquscdn.c

          2. PhilipSugar

            And she went on to paint another.

          3. awaldstein

            Really like it! And a lot of Wyeth dynamics here.

          4. PhilipSugar

            Best story I have on Wyeth. Look me up at the first Boy Scout Troop in the nation Paoli Troop #1 Gates brothers got lost when we were canoeing down the BrandywineI met Helga.

          5. sigmaalgebra

            I like it! Maybe my kitty cat is in the grass there somewhere! That scene would also be a good place for me and my girlfriend when I was a teenager! The roof on that barn must be a pain to maintain!

          6. PhilipSugar

            No very easy. I have one on my house. Lifetime warranty. Standing seam aluminum coated with Kynar 500.

          7. sigmaalgebra

            “Kynar 500”? That’s from the planet Krypton, right? An update of the, IIRC, Kynar 200 that Superman brought?From the painting, the roof looked thatched, that is, so that at least once each year would have to get up there, with help from most of the neighborhood, and install new thatch. Then IIRC, the thing is a great nest for insects although maybe not after the first fall freeze.So, maybe have to grow the tall grass, harvest it, say, in the fall, tie it into thatch bundles, haul a few tons of them to the roof, tie them into place. Sounds like a lot of good exercise.IIRC, to haul the thatch bundles to the roof, get some strong rope, a pulley, and a Percheron?Most of the thatched roof images I’ve seen are from the English countryside, and somehow it seems that they also usually have some very pretty girls or young women, typically with auburn hair, i.e., look a lot like Lady Di before she was married.Sure, after the neighborhood and the Percheron have done the work, time for a lot of apple cider and a big lunch and party thrown by the young women!Gee, where can I get plans for a thatched roof?

  14. LE

    I wonder if there is would think there would be or is a market for owning fractional shares of expensive and well known artwork.The idea being that in additional to providing capital to purchase the art (and share in the potential appreciation) the owners as a group would be able to take turns displaying the art in their preferred venue (whether it be at home, gallery etc.).

    1. jason wright

      I’m sure there are funds out there that seek and find investors for that.

      1. LE

        Not that I could find on a quick web search which I did before I posted my comment.Plus I am not talking about a passive investment fund (in case that wasn’t clear). I am talking more about a partnership among a small number of individuals who pool their money to own several or a even single piece of art and then share that art (taking turns) with a predictable disposition plan (which could be selling the share or disposition of the art at a later date).

        1. jason wright

          A time share for art?

          1. LE

            Time share has a negative connotation so I’d never use that. “Fractional shares” is a bit more upscale (like in private jets).Essentially requires:a) Art (the product)b) A reusable shipping containerc) Insurance productd) Platform to allow (in some cases) complete strangers to own together. In other cases simply allow parties that know each other already to participate.e) A legal framework to prevent conflicts and resolve issues.The platform takes a cut and provides management enabling the activity.

          2. jason wright

            Not art… the asset class?

    1. Twain Twain

      Why did you choose that shade of red for the light accents?And have you tried to do the same painting with orange instead of red? https://uploads.disquscdn.c

      1. aminTorres

        not used as accents… the base color of the canvas was red.

        1. Twain Twain

          A-ha, thanks.Is that base color your signature style? Do you always use that red?

    2. PhilipSugar

      I like email at my name at gmail service…. I love art.

  15. Conrad Leonard

    My parents had a couple of Klee prints hanging up in the home when I was a kid (Senecio and Dancing Girl, I think) and I loved them then and I love Klee now. Not many artists that appeal so strongly to both the child’s and the adult’s sensibilities. Ad Parnassum and Abenteuer-schiff are two of my faves. A bit out of my price range though!

  16. Amy Millman

    I was able to go to the Klee museum when I was backpacking thru Europe so many years ago. It made an indelible impression and I’ve been a Klee devotee ever since. Thanks for sharing.

  17. creative group

    CONTRIBUTORS:Our initial thought was here we go with Fred attempting to show he is regular. (Well many will want us to believe they are not regular and on equal footing with Fred and vice versa, smiling as we assume the expressions of both alternative realities)After having the facts we realize a purchase from the artist Paul Klee works would have any wealthy and fiscally responsible person pause.…It is amazing how a benefactor can financially support an artist while they are alive but a large majority gain a following after their death with the promotion of people who have collected that artists work.The late Herbert Vogel and wife Dorothy from New York we acknowledge and respect were ordinary civil servants who collected from Artist’s before they became known. Did it for the love of art and not for the socialite aspect.…One of the artists we support produced some contemporary work we enjoy.Sarah KriehnArtist one of a kind geometric art.Original

  18. george

    Style Matters…Thumbs up!

  19. mikenolan99

    My go-to artist is Tony Graham – he owned the Newmark gallery on 3rd avenue in Manhattan until his death in ’92. Best known for his Manhattan poster, Tony was also a great broadcaster, and dear friend of my dads.When I got my first job selling radio advertising in Minneapolis, he sent me a custom print… https://uploads.disquscdn.chttps://uploads.disquscdn.c

  20. mikenolan99

    My mom had a cool framed Picasso on the wall as long as we could remember. After she passed away in ’97, our family would often discuss the origin and possible value of the print… https://uploads.disquscdn.c

    1. mikenolan99

      Punchline – last year my sister thought to do a google image search. Turns out that “In 1963 Xerox has a commercial ad campaign to promote sales of the model 914. Xerox sent out copies of the owl/eagle drawing using the 914 to prospective buyers, to show how realistic the copies could be. These reproductions were printed on โ€œtan parchment-like paperโ€. Then the give-away copies were printed on plain paper. “https://statlergil.wordpres…You can pick one up on eBay for about $500….

      1. Tom Labus

        still looks great!!

      2. Kirsten Lambertsen

        That is a great story ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Vasudev Ram

    I like Jacob van Ruisdael’s work. Considered one of the good landscape painters of the Dutch Golden Age. His Wikipedia entry has some examples.

  22. jason wright

    luddites ๐Ÿ˜ฎ