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Paul Klee


Paul Klee was a German/Swiss painter. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He was also a student of orientalism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually mastered colour theory, and wrote extensively about it. He and his colleague, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, both taught at the German Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture. His works reflect his dry humour and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and also his musicality.

Alfred Hitchcock was a keen admirer of Klee and owned three works by the artist: Odyssey 1924, Strange Hunt and Mask and Scythe. Hitchcock purchased the latter for £600 in 1938 to celebrate the success of The Lady Vanishes.[1]

Steinberg's title sequence

The opening title sequence of The Trouble with Harry was drawn by New Yorker artist Saul Steinberg in the faux-naïf style of Klee and it is believe Hitchcock may have specifically requested this from Steinberg.[2]


Notes & References

  1. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 476
  2. The Alfred Hitchcock Story (1999) by Ken Mogg, page 135