The Malady

A work made of watercolor, with stippling, pen and black ink, blue pencil, and bands of mauve gouache, on ivory laid paper, laid down on ivory wove card.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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  • A work made of watercolor, with stippling, pen and black ink, blue pencil, and bands of mauve gouache, on ivory laid paper, laid down on ivory wove card.

Date:

1926

Artist:

Paul Klee
German, born Switzerland, 1879-1940

About this artwork

While this watercolor may initially appear completely abstract, upon closer inspection a figure emerges from the layered forms. A body has been shaped from parallel lines, which give the appearance of exposed musculature. The figure appears trapped by the approaching darkness on all sides, and a single drop of blood falls from his mouth as another threatens to fall from above. The pain of the subject is palpable: the cross on the left, a symbol of the Crucifixion, enhances this sense of suffering.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Paul Klee

Title

The Malady

Origin

Germany

Date

1926

Medium

Watercolor, with stippling, pen and black ink, blue pencil, and bands of mauve gouache, on ivory laid paper, laid down on ivory wove card

Dimensions

293 × 302 mm (primary support); 394 × 387 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.1053

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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