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The Tree of Houses, 1918

Paul Klee

Swiss, 1879-1940
Watercolor, gouache and India ink on chalk-primed gauze on wove papers, mounted on cardboard
comp: 8-5/8 x 7-1/4 in. (21.9 x 18.4 cm); mount: 9-5/8 x 7-7/8 in. (24.4 x 20.0 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
P.1953.025
© Norton Simon Museum

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"Tree of Houses" typifies Klee's experiments with a variety of materials and techniques. In this case, he has painted over strips of gauze and paper, creating a rich, tactile surface. A fanciful apartment complex emerges out of a forest, its various levels connected by ladders. Below, a solitary figure begins his ascent.

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