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The Gate to Hades, 1921

Paul Klee

Swiss, 1879-1940
Watercolor and oil transfer drawing on laid paper, mounted on thin cardboard
sheet: 10 7/8 x 15 3/8 in. (27.6 x 39.1 cm); mount: 12-1/4 x 16-7/8 in. (31.1 x 42.9 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
P.1953.059
© Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

This melancholy scene appears to take place on a stage, with a curtain drawn back on the left. The dark borders and the small cross to the right of the title are signs of mourning that Klee put on this and several other works of this period, following the death of his mother in March 1921.

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