Paul Klee (German, 18791940)
Watercolor and transferred printing ink on paper; 12 3/8 x 8 5/8 in. (31.4 x 21.9 cm)
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987 (1987.455.7)
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild–Kunst, Bonn
In this watercolor, Klee somewhat expanded the story of the creation of man. His Eve, after growing from Adam's rib, stays right there. She also remains a child. Evchen ("Little Eve") looks like a schoolgirl with flaxen hair tied in a braid. Adam is a broad-faced, grown man who sports earrings and a mustache. By placing the figures against a shallow ground with a reddish curtain, Klee seems to set the oddly matched pair on a puppet-theater stage.