Paul Klee - Part of G

by Alexandra Tuschka

A city has settled chaotically against a background consisting roughly of two large, strictly separated areas of color. At the horizon line on the right, a tower leans into the picture's interior - the hand tells us four o'clock. Larger buildings dance with smaller ones. The bright moon has made itself comfortable against the deep blue sky. It is an orderly chaos and Klee arranges all the motifs within an imaginary square in the picture space. Even the streets dare not cross this inner boundary. The flags seem to be moved by different winds.


The "Partie aus G" shows what Klee's students learned under his direction at the Bauhaus - mathematical precision in the creation of the composition . The preoccupation with the relationship between music and painting. "Partie aus G" is ambiguous, alluding to the sound as well as the letter simultaneously. A "G", after all, is recognizable in the work with not too much imagination.


Paul Klee - Part of G

Watercolor and oil on paper, 1927, 32.5 x 24 cm, National Museums in Berlin

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