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Glance of a Landscape
(Blick einer Landschaft)

Paul Klee, Swiss, 1879 - 1940

Made in Germany, Europe


Watercolor, sprayed through stencils and brushed, on paper, mounted on board inscribed by the artist

Sheet: 11 7/8 × 18 1/8 inches (30.2 × 46 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections

    In the 1920s, while the Swiss painter and graphic artist Paul Klee was teaching at the Bauhaus, the innovative German art school, he began to push his painstaking watercolor glazing methods in new directions by using a spraying or spattering technique. Glance of a Landscape, which dates from the middle of this period, exemplifies Klee's experimental approach to materials, as well as the inherent tension in his work between abstraction and representation, and between narrative linear elements and overlapping transparent planes of color. The large eye somewhat startlingly planted in the center of the landscape bears witness to a certain mystical or otherworldly quality often apparent in Klee's art. The hint of childlike naïveté is likewise typically found in his images and reflects his attraction to the work of untrained "outsiders" such as children or mental patients. Klee was also a talented musician and many properties of his visual style--such as thematic development, rhythm, and harmony--were consciously inspired by musical composition. Ann Percy, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections (1995), p. 245.