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Google Doodle celebrates colors of artist Paul Klee

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Paul Klee was Swiss and German artist known for developing his own individual style, drawing inspiration from a range of artistic movements, including cubism, expressionism and surrealism.

He was also prolific, creating about 10,000 paintings, drawings and etchings during his lifetime.

To celebrate Klee's 139th birthday Tuesday, Google is paying homage to the artist's sometimes dry and sometimes child-like approach with a Doodle reminiscent of Klee's Rote Brücke (Red Bridge) -- a 1928 painting that uses a pattern of shapes and contrasting yet harmonious hues to represent the rooftops and arches of a European city.

The painting reflects Klee's deep exploration of color theory -- the mixing of colors and the visual effects of specific color combination.

An accomplished violinist at a young age, Klee received an invitation to play with the Bern Music Association at age 11 before turning his attention to the visual arts as a teen.

In 1898, Klee began studying art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.

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