May Picture

Artist: Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)

Date: 1925

Medium: Oil on cardboard

Dimensions: 16 5/8 x 19 1/2 in. (42.2 x 49.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984

Accession Number: 1984.315.42


This painting is from Klee’s Magic Square series, which grew out of a visit to Tunisia in 1914. Klee embraced the full power of abstraction by fractioning the landscape into squares, which seem to extend beyond the edges of the painting. The squares themselves can be viewed as odd-shaped stones assembled to form a mosaic. The work also reveals Klee’s preoccupation with color theory, which informed his teaching at the Bauhaus.