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Drawing for "The Pathos of Fertility", 1921

Paul Klee

Swiss, 1879-1940
Pencil on wove paper mounted on thin cardboard
sheet: 11-1/8 x 8-3/4 in. (28.3 x 22.2 cm); mount: 15-3/4 x 13-1/2 in. (40.0 x 34.3 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
© Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

In this preparatory drawing for a watercolor now in the Metropolitan Museum, Klee depicts a pregnant woman as a flowerpot, incubating sprouting plant forms. Her intense anguish is magnified by the tilted head and awkward angles of her arms and legs.

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