Tannhäuser

Paul Klee, Swiss, 1879 - 1940

Date:
1924

Medium:
Brush, pen and black ink over charcoal on off-white paper, adhered to board

Dimensions:
Sheet: 18 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches (47 x 30.2 cm) Mount: 20 3/8 x 13 9/16 inches (51.8 x 34.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1963-181-158

Credit Line:
The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963

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Label:
The 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.