“Remembrance of a Garden” is a personal and intricate work by the Swiss painter Paul Klee. The painting portrays an idyllic garden scene with allusions to dreams, music, and poetry. Stairways lead to garden pavilions, palm trees peek over high walls, and domed towers are visible. This theme is anchored by a central motif: the brilliance of a stained-glass window on a sunny day.
Klee was known for his eclectic influences drawn from expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He was also deeply interested in color theory and wrote extensively about it. His lectures on color theory are considered seminal works of modern art history. In “Remembrance of a Garden,” Klee demonstrates his incredible ability to play with color contrasts and provide depth through shading.