Born near Berne in a family of musicians, Paul Klee is initiated very early in art and music. He studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, and after a trip to Italy, met Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and joins the Blaue Reiter. Often associated with Expressionism , cubism or surrealism, Klee's work is really difficult to classify. The later works are characterized by rapid hieroglyphic symbols. After the First World War, Klee teaches alongside Kandinsky at the Bauhaus, and then from 1931 at the Düsseldorf Academy, before being dismissed in 1933 by the Nazi Party for its deemed "degenerate" art. The artist returned to Switzerland, and depressed, suffers from scleroderma and died in Locarno in 1940 at the age of 61.