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Boy at Table, 1932

Paul Klee

Swiss, 1879-1940
Watercolor and India ink on laid paper
11-7/8 x 18-7/8 in. (30.2 x 47.9 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
© Norton Simon Museum

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Klee began his drawing with a fine line of India ink. He strengthened the line with a wide brush and black wash. He then filled the areas created by the black line with cream, blue, and white washes to establish his primary paint ground. Finally, he applied large spots of uniform color, arranged in horizontal bands. As with the paint ground, the spots of color are confined by the black outlines. While at the Bauhaus in Weimar, Klee taught a variety of courses, including drawing, color theory, and stained glass. Paintings such as this one are often compared to mosaics. However, with its areas of even color outlined in black, "Boy at Table" is also reminiscent of a lead framework holding together panels of stained glass.

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