Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Paul Klee, Swiss, 1879 - 1940
Brush, pen and black ink over charcoal on off-white paper, adhered to board
Currently not on view
1963-181-158The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963
LabelThe figure represented in this drawing is that of Tannhäuser, the protagonist in the opera of the same name by the nineteenth-century German composer Richard Wagner. The scrolls-similar in shape to the musical notation for the treble clef, the f-shaped holes on a violin, and the lyre that adorns Tannhäuser's head-aptly convey the work's musical subject.