Room Perspective Red-Green

Room Perspective Red-Green
Artist:
Paul Klee (Swiss, 1879-1940)
Date:
1921
Medium:
Watercolor, ink and pencil on wove paper, mounted over India ink on paper strips on cardboard 
Dimensions:
comp: 7-7/8 x 10-3/8 in. (20.0 x 26.4 cm); mount: 8-1/4 x 10-3/4 in. (21.0 x 27.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection 
Accession Number:
P.1953.055 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View
Description

While teaching at the Bauhaus, Klee used perspective images to demonstrate their capacity for deception. There is a surreal quality to this room. The ordered and precise lines of linear perspective force our view toward the spindle shape left of center; the blocks and shapes fill a space devoid of people. One whimsical creature, part-insect, part-feline, holds an arrow, which draws the eye into the scene.

Provenance:

The artist, c. 1920s to;
Galka Scheyer;
Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, 1953-1954;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena,1954-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, 1975.

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