Paul Klee

Angst

1934
In 1933 Klee and his wife left Germany for exile in Switzerland. This painting has a naive and untutored quality, which offended Nazi officials who preferred a more traditional and conservative style. The painting alludes to a human in a state of panic – wide eyed, retreating as far as possible from the danger represented by the arrowed fingers on the right. Klee’s vision of the fragility of our existence is captured in a few lines on the coarse, burlap canvas, thus anticipating the anguish Europe was about to face in the Nazi’s aggressive quest for power.
Artist
Title
Angst
Date
1934
Medium
Painting
Materials
gouache and wax on burlap
Dimensions
49.9 x 60 cm
Nationality
Swiss; German
Credit line
Purchased 1979
Accession number
23227