Paul Klee: Senecio (Head of Man Going Senile), 1922, Oil on

Paul Klee: Senecio (Head of Man Going Senile), 1922, Oil on

8/22/2021, 9:31:49 AM
Paul Klee: Senecio (Head of Man Going Senile), 1922, Oil on gauze, 40.5 x 38 cm, (15.9 x 15 in), Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland #PaulKlee #Klee #Art #Painters #Paintings #Arthistory #ModernArt #pittore #pittura #pintor #pintura #peintre #peinture #Arte #artista #German #Maler #Malerei #Swiss #surrealism #Symbolism #Symbolist #masters #kunst #senecio #primitiveart Head of Man was painted during what is called Klee's Bauhaus period. In 1919, Klee was invited to teach at the Bauhaus, in Weimar, then the capital of Germany; he taught there from 1920-1931, in which time he consistently produced excellent art. It was during this period that he began to experiment more with color, eventually obtaining a virtually complete mastery of it. Indeed, the most interesting aspect of Head of Man is the color. The variations of color in the head itself form interesting contrasts to each other, and as a whole they contrast subtly with the orange background. The red of the eyes, despite not being a dissimilar hue to parts of the head or the background, still jump out at the viewer with a remarkable intensity. Senecio is a manifestation of Klee’s sense of humor and African culture. The simple colors and shapes, Paul makes use of various shades of orange, red, and yellow to reveal portrait of an old man. Artistic use of shapes gives the false impression that one eye browse is raised. His left eye brow is represented by a triangle while the other one is made of a simple curved line. The portrait is also called Head of a Man Going Senile and intentionally mimics children’s artwork by using ambiguous shapes and forms with minimal facial details. The simple, flat construction reflects this child-like expression that fascinated Klee for years. He routinely incorporated childlike influences into his art. He felt that human development is most universal across cultures in childhood; therefore, the self-expression of a child is more pure, closer to the essence of the idea.

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