Temple Garden #2 by David Lewis-Baker on Flickr.
This is one of a series of pieces inspired by one of my favourite works which resulted from Paul Klee’s experiences in Tunisia - ‘Templegarten’ (Temple Garden) 1920. Klee’s original is in a triptych form as Klee cut and reassembled the canvas in three sections because he was unhappy with the original composition: urban.hunter.cuny.edu/~psevak/images/klee.jpg
Klee visited Tunisia in 1914 and his experiences there proved the turning point in his artistic life. The light and colours of North Africa awakened his own sense of color and light and during his visit he moved decisively toward abstraction, finishing several important works after he had returned from his stay, of which this is one of the finest.
“I feel my work and it gives me confidence in myself without effort. Color possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: color and I are one. I am a painter.” (Klee’s Travel Diary April 16, 1914) www.qantara.de/webcom/show_article.php?wc_c=310&wc_id…