Paul Klee “The Twittering Machine”

The Twittering Machine [Die Zwitscher Maschine]

Oil transfer drawing, watercolor, and ink on paper with gouache and ink borders on board • Expressionism • 64,1 x 48,3cm • 1922 • MoMA

Group of birds shackled to a wire attached to a hand crank. In this drawing, humans turn movement and song against nature, making them activities of enslavement.

Self Portrait of Klee

Paul Klee

Swiss-born German artist
was born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland

December 18, 1879

His styles: Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, and Abstraction

Check my tribute to this great artist here: Paul Klee

and here: Paul Klee


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  1. Sorry for the late response, Marina. We were in Ottawa this past week and just returned home last night. We experienced a snowstorm in Ottawa and have come back to a huge snowstorm in Vancouver. We just landed before they closed the airport because of the snow fall. I love Paul Klee! He had a way with words and brushes. I read that he said: “A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.”

    Thank you for a wonderful 2022. Looking forward to the conversations waiting for us in 2023.

    • Oh, my!!!!! Snow follows you!!!! At least you got home before they closed the airport! Please don’t apologize! Stay warm and safe.
      He really had a way with brushes and words and I love the quote you picked. It’s so characteristic of his painting ‘innocence’!
      …and thank YOU, my dearest friend.
      Many hugs your way …and sun rays! 😉

    • Way back!
      At MoMA, they give an interesting description about the color:
      “…By contrast, the painted blue backdrop opens into boundless space. As an acid-pink stain of watercolor encircles the scene, the world appears to close in on the birds, reverberating with the cacophonous chaos of their songs.” []

  2. Almost prophetic! I went back to your extensive exhibit for Klee and was thrilled once again. Brilliant, and his palette for the cubist and impressionist pieces is exquisite.

  3. reminiscent of one of you father’s contraptions?


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