Klee’s feats induce a kind of Will Rogers esthetic in me: I have never met a Klee I didn’t like. God knows MOMA gives you enough to mull over here—about 200 paintings and watercolors and 100 drawings and prints from 1905 to his death in 1940. I found myself doubling back more and more to the “magic square” abstracts, such as “Abstraction with Reference to a Flowering Tree” (1925), where springy greens and blossomy light colors gather to a greatness. You can always see his “Cat and Bird” (1928) since it belongs to MOMA. If your reaction time is slow, the paperback catalog (137 color and 309 black-and-white illustrations) is a steal at $22.50.
From Art Matters, July 1987