Playfully, Klee depicts truths

Phillips Collection exhibit shows the artist's influence on modernism

June 18, 2006|By GLENN MCNATT | GLENN MCNATT,SUN ART CRITIC

The art of Paul Klee was one of continual invention and relentless experimentation. Every new painting was an investigation into the possibilities of picture-making, every drawing or watercolor a potential starting point for an altogether new direction.

Klee never developed a consistent, signature style as do many artists. For him, change itself -- the process of continuous artistic self-reinvention -- was the only stylistic mode worth pursuing.

KLEE AND AMERICA / / Through Sept. 10 -- Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St., N.W., in Washington -- 202-387-2151

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