The Thistle Flower House, Paul Klee
Paul Klee
The Thistle Flower House
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Paul Klee

The Thistle Flower House, 1919

34.5 x 29.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on cardboard
Inventory Number
SG 1207
Acquired in 1961
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 7


About the Work

Klee created this painting the same year he had finally been discharged from military service in the First World War. He settled in Munich and, for the first time, was intent on painting only in oil. Therein, plant and garden motifs played an important role. Klee gave his works poetic, enigmatic titles that went well with his playful painting style. He used them to steer the viewers’ perception of his art into a certain direction. In this case, the thistle hovering above the mysterious building as a symbol of Christ’s suffering is reminiscent of medieval art – which Klee had studied in much detail.

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