Paul Klee (German, 1879–1940)
Sprayed and brushed watercolor, and transferred printing ink on paper, bordered with gouache and ink
19 1/8 x 11 5/8 in. (48.7 x 29.4 cm)
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987 (1987.455.16)
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
In the early 1920s, Klee painted a series of ghost chambers with eerie lines of perspective that reduce everything to skeletal transparency. As Klee rarely used perspective, he applied it in these worksalways interiorssolely to show its delusive effects, a theory he relayed to his students in his Bauhaus lectures on the subject in November 1921. He demonstrates that perspective can be playful in this watercolor of an orange room cluttered with black wire utensils and with a tall violet door from which seemingly radiate the black perspectival lines.