His father was a German music teacher and his mother was a Swiss singer.
Paul Klee was born on December 18, 1879 in Münchenbuchsee, Bern, Switzerland. He was the second child of the German music teacher Hans Wilhelm Klee (1849-1940) and the Swiss singer Ida Marie Klee, nee Frick (1855-1921). His sister Mathilde (died on 6 December 1953) was born on 28 January 1876 in Walzenhausen. Their father came from Tann and studied at the Stuttgart Conservatory singing, piano, organ and violin, where he met his future wife Ida Frick. Until 1931 Hans Wilhelm Klee was active as a music teacher at the Bern State Seminary in Hofwil near Bern. Due to this circumstances, Klee was able to develop his music skills through his parental home; his parents backed and inspired him until his death. In 1880 his family moved to Bern, where they moved 17 years later after numerous changes of residence into a house at the Kirchenfeld district.