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

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About the Work

The lamb is walking through the colourful stripy cosmos as if it were a lost child. The cross above its head evokes God’s Lamb, which traditionally symbolises Christ’s sacrificial death. However, the religious content in Klee’s work is controversial as the painter did not express a particular religious standpoint. The comparison of the artist and God, on the other hand, plays a central role in his writings. Creating worlds from the divine being is inextricably linked with sacrifice. The lamb may be an allusion to this.

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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
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
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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15.05.2019