Art Brokerage: Paul Klee Swiss Artist: b. 1879-1940. Born in Switzerland, artist Paul Klee studied and worked as an etcher in Munich before joining the Blaue Reiter group in 1911. Klee's initial media of choice was watercolor in the Expressionist style, however Klee soon fell under the spell of Cubism and oils after meeting Robert Delaunay. From 1920 to 1933, Klee taught at the Bauhaus and explored his abstract paintings that were often derived from folk and children's art. Klee was condemned as a degenerate by the Nazis in 1933, and subsequently returned to Switzerland where Paul Klee died in 1940.