Untitled, Paul Klee
Paul Klee
Untitled
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Paul Klee

Untitled, ca. 1938


Dimensions
47.0 x 33.0 cm
Physical Description
Black distemper and tempera on newspaper on cardboard
Inventory Number
LG 70
Acquisition
On permanent loan from Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt am Main since 2010
Status
Can be presented in the study hall of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

"A hovering, silent, magical apparition in the crowd" is how Klee was described by a friend during the last years of the artist's life. He had been dismissed from his post as professor in Düsseldorf in 1933 after being denounced as a "cultural Bolshevik". He left Germany and returned to Bern, where, marked by illness, he created his mysterious late works. Klee confronts the viewer with black lines on reduced patches of colour as if they were secret graphic characters from a vanished culture. There is nothing to help us interpret them - no picture title to make it easier to decipher what we see.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Untitled
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Black distemper and tempera on newspaper on cardboard
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, seit 2010 Dauerleihgabe der Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
On permanent loan from Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt am Main since 2010

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D322 curved line
  • 49D34 quadrilateral (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49L1 letters, alphabet, script
  • 49D36 circle (~ planimetry, geometry)

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20.05.2020