Sunday, January 21, 2007


"No matter how much I insist, don't let me keep painting…."

When German painter Paul Klee lived at the Henry Hudson Hotel on 59th & 9th Avenue he hired Fritz Lownbrau to physically remove him from his studio each night. Klee feared he'd over-paint and kill the art if someone did not stop him.

Lowenbrau's contract was to arrive every night at 9PM (Klee tended to start painting around noon) with a bottle of whiskey and an itinerary that usually involved going to Harlem for any number of distractions.

"Paul usually put down the brushes after two drinks," said Lownenbrau. "But he was a son of a bitch to budge if Dali was in town..."

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