Paul Klee: Around the Fish, 1926, Oil and tempera on canvas

Paul Klee: Around the Fish, 1926, Oil and tempera on canvas

8/21/2021, 10:11:17 AM
Paul Klee: Around the Fish, 1926, Oil and tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard, 46.7 x 63.8 cm (18 3/8 x 25 1/8"), Museum of Modern Art, New York City #PaulKlee #Klee #primitiveart #Painters #Paintings #Arthistory #ModernArt #pittore #pittura #pintor #pintura #peintre #peinture #Arte #artista #German #Maler #Malerei #Swiss #surrealism #Symbolism #Symbolist #masters #kunst #expressionism #AroundtheFish A garnished platter fish is surrounded by a constellation of seemingly disparate elements - a cross, full and crescent moons, an exclamation point, a forked red flag - all hovering against a dark abyss. Some of Klee's iconography grew out of his teaching; the arrow, which he initially used as a teaching tool to indicate force and emotion for his students at the Bauhaus, here points confrontationally towards a stylized head, possibly alluding to human consciousness. Although they are often enigmatic, Klee believed his personal hieroglyphs and figurative elements had wider connotations: "The object grows beyond its appearance through our knowledge of its inner being, through the knowledge that the thing is more than its outward aspect suggests." (moma.org)

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