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Room Perspective Red-Green, 1921

Paul Klee

Swiss, 1879-1940
Watercolor, ink and pencil on wove paper, mounted over India ink on paper strips on cardboard
comp: 7-7/8 x 10-3/8 in. (20.0 x 26.4 cm); mount: 8-1/4 x 10-3/4 in. (21.0 x 27.3 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
P.1953.055
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While teaching at the Bauhaus, Klee used perspective images to demonstrate their capacity for deception. There is a surreal quality to this room. The ordered and precise lines of linear perspective force our view toward the spindle shape left of center; the blocks and shapes fill a space devoid of people. One whimsical creature, part-insect, part-feline, holds an arrow, which draws the eye into the scene.

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