The Lamb, Paul Klee
Paul Klee
The Lamb
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Paul Klee

The Lamb, 1920


Dimensions
31.3 x 40.7 cm
Physical Description
Oil and pen-and-ink drawing on cardboard
Inventory Number
2104
Acquisition
Acquired in 1965
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 7

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About the Work

Worked into a multicoloured structure of swelling and receding lines, Klee depicts a lamb with closed eyes. It bears a cross on its head and has a large drop of blood dripping from its cheek. Klee is clearly alluding to the Lamb of God (Agnus Dei), the symbol of Christ’s suffering and sacrificial death. The painting bears witness to the artist’s deep spirituality. He wanted to incorporate his mystical world view into his art – regardless of any particular religion. Thus, Klee did not aim to depict anything real, instead, he intended to make inner images visible.

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  • Focus on religion
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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Lamb
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil and pen-and-ink drawing on cardboard
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert oben links: Klee 1920 39

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1965

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Main Motif
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Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 11D1311 lamb bearing cross or banner, 'Agnus Dei' ~ symbol of Christ
  • 47I2133 lamb
  • 22C4(BLUE) colours, pigments, and paints: blue
  • 22C4(RED) colours, pigments, and paints: red
  • 22C4(GREEN) colours, pigments, and paints: green
  • 22C4(YELLOW) colours, pigments, and paints: yellow

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10.04.2024