Exercise from Paul Klee’s Colour Class

Magda Langenstraß-Uhlig, Exercise from Paul Klee’s Colour Class, 1925
Karl Peter Röhl Foundation, Weimar

Magda Langenstraß-Uhlig, Exercise from Paul Klee’s Colour Class, 1925
Karl Peter Röhl Foundation, Weimar

The sheet appears to have originated within the context of an exercise in Paul Klee's elementary form and colour teaching with the purpose of examining the relationships of colours among each other or their “movement”. Magda Langenstrass-Uhlig investigated the behaviour of the colour red by creating different comparative colour scales in various methods. It is notable that the red values remain more pronounced in the direction of the black pole when using a glazing technique; in contrast, the mixing of colours enhances the red values when approaching the white pole. During glazing – a method frequently used by Klee – the colour zones to be painted are only covered with an additional film of colour after the previous lacquer layer has dried completely.

Literature: Düchting, Hajo; Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau: Farbe am Bauhaus. Synthese und Synästhesie, Berlin, 1996; Wick, Rainer K.:  Bauhaus-Pädagogik, Cologne 1982.