Modern and Contemporary Art
Fish MagicMade in Europe
Paul Klee, Swiss, 1879 - 1940
Oil and watercolor on canvas on panel
Currently not on view
1950-134-112The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
LabelIn Fish Magic, Paul Klee creates a magical realm where the aquatic, the celestial, and the earthly intermingle. A delicate black surface covers an underlayer of colors, which the artist revealed by scratching and scrawling designs in the black paint. At the center of the painting, a square of muslin is glued onto the canvas. A long diagonal line reaching to the top of the clock tower is poised as if to whisk off this subtle curtain.