Paul Klee – Twittering Machine – 1922


A blog-flickr-twitter friend recently mentioned that she saw the influence of Paul Klee in one of my maps. He is indeed a favortite of mine.  It’s been a while since I’ve visited with his work so I did a bit of research and found this marvelous image!  The original is at MOMA .  I can’t wait to visit it in person. I also found a wonderful except about him from one of my favorite books, The Shock of the New by Robert Hughes. I need to re-read that book. It’s been too long.

And then I found that he was also a poet! The book Paul Klee, Poet/Painter by K. Porter Aichele went directly onto my “to-read” list.

A book, a poem and a painting….. A google trifecta!


  1. […] friend Peggy just posted some sweet finds about Paul Klee, one of my all-time favorite artists as well. That […]

  2. angryelvis

    I think the internet actually looks like that, Peggy. Back in 1914 you had to turn that crank to get it to work.
    Thanks for pointing these out-I want to check out his poems as well.

    1. Yes, I believe you are right about that. And the screen was an old cereal box with a hole cut into it so that you could watch the images scroll by….

      and, of course, there were search engine puppets.

    2. why dose twitter feedburn on noodles beta? asks

  3. keep us posted on the book – i’m a big klee fan too! p.s. i am still tickled over that errand map you drew a few posts ago… love it!

    1. That’s the one my friend saw the Klee influence in! Thanks, Aimee.

  4. this work really does look like a twittering machine! beautiful klee piece!

  5. Hey! Who knew Klee Twittered! HA. Well, I can certainly see the influence. This is a fabulous piece. Timeless. And I so enjoyed your wonderful maps. I love looking looking at maps, all kinds.

    1. Thank you, Lea and Bella!!

  6. I like this. Going to follow paul klee now =P Thanks for sharing. How are you doing?

    1. HA!! Me too!
      I’m doing just fine. Nice to hear from you!

  7. aw, I love this! thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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