Paul Klee’s Rose Garden, originally titled Rosenhagengarten, was created in Munich in 1920. It is an oil on cardboard painting that measures 49×42 cm. It is currently held in the Staedische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau. The painting is composed of vibrant and cheerful colors; however, it is full of abstract shapes and forms of nature.
By combining shades of yellows and oranges with curved lines and circles that evoke a feeling of movement, Paul Klee has made an art piece that somehow brings us closer to nature and its beauty. Furthermore, the use of various geometric shapes helps the viewer envision a vivid landscape inspired by nature’s geometry.
While Paul Klee’s Rose Garden captures beauty and serenity, another of his works – Remembrance Of A Garden – portrays a darker side of nature with its darker color palette. Painted in 1914, this work depicts a garden that conveys a sense of mysteriousness than joyown in earlier paintings such as Rose Garden. While this painting still contains elements like specks of bright colors amidst an overall somber atmosphere, it reflects Paul Klee’s later view on gardening as more melancholic than optimistic.