Dream City is a watercolor painting by Paul Klee. It depicts a dreamlike town with structures and multicolored buildings in the distant skyline. Completed in 1921, it reflects the cubism style of Klee’s era. In 1937, he moved to Dsseldorf where around this time period he was greatly inspired by works by other artists. Moving to Bern afterwards in 1936, Klee produced many of his greatest works including Castle Garden (Schlossgarten), another watercolor painting completed in 1931 which uses his signature geometrical shapes and colors.
Castle Garden is a colorful representation of the garden surrounding Schloss Fantaisie, with abstract forms and bold colors creating a vivid composition. The colors create a deep emotional value while geometric shapes are used to bring balance and structure to the painting allowing viewers to experience an immersive story told through art. His interests in religion, music, history and literature also influenced this work greatly coming out of the rough times his local city Schonberg went through during World War I.
Both Dream City and Castle Garden remain Mark Klee’s most captivating and well-known pieces for their use of color and form, encouraging viewers to ponder their unique stories which have been embedded into them.