In 1933 Klee and his wife took exile in Switzerland. His painting has a naïve and untutored quality, which offended Nazi officials who preferred a more conservative style. Klee’s vision of the fragility of our existence is captured in a few lines on the coarse, burlap canvas, anticipating the anguish Europe would soon face in the Nazi’s aggressive quest for power. The work represents a person in a state of panic – wide eyed, retreating from the danger represented by the arrowed fingers on the right.
Materialsgouache and wax on burlap
49.9 x 60 cm