Paul Klee

Angst

1934

In 1933 Klee and his wife left Germany for exile in Switzerland. This painting has a naive and untutored quality, which offended Nazi officials who preferred a more traditional and conservative style. The painting alludes to a human in a state of panic – wide eyed, retreating as far as possible from the danger represented by the arrowed fingers on the right. Klee’s vision of the fragility of our existence is captured in a few lines on the coarse, burlap canvas, thus anticipating the anguish Europe was about to face in the Nazi’s aggressive quest for power.

Artiste
Titre
Angst
Date
1934
Technique
Peinture
Matériaux
gouache and wax on burlap
Dimensions
49.9 x 60 cm
Nationalité
Swiss; German
Mention de source
Purchased 1979
Numéro d'acquisition
23227