December 18, 1879. Paul Klee (18 December 1879 ? 29 June 1940) was a painter born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland, and is considered to be a German-Swiss. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He was also a student of orientalism. In this image: Katze und Vogel, 1928, oil on ink on canvas on wood, Museum of Modern Art, New York.