Adam and Little Eve

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

Date: 1921

Medium: Watercolor and transferred printing ink on paper mounted on cardboard

Dimensions: 16 5/8 × 11 3/4 in. (42.2 × 29.8 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.455.7


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.