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Fish Magic

Paul Klee, Swiss, 1879 - 1940

Made in Europe


Oil and watercolor on canvas on panel

30 3/8 × 38 3/4 inches (77.2 × 98.4 cm) Framed: 38 5/16 × 46 1/2 × 3 1/4 inches (97.3 × 118.1 × 8.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 288, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor (Brodsky Gallery)

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Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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In Fish Magic, Paul Klee creates a magical realm where the aquatic, the celestial, and the earthly intermingle. A delicate black surface covers an underlayer of colors, which the artist revealed by scratching and scrawling designs in the black paint. At the center of the painting, a square of muslin is glued onto the canvas. A long diagonal line reaching to the top of the clock tower is poised as if to whisk off this subtle curtain.

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