Ad Parnassum (1932) by Paul Klee

Ad Parnassum - Klee, Paul - 1932 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleAd Parnassum
ArtistPaul Klee
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions126 x 100 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationKunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
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About Ad Parnassum

Paul Klee’s artwork, Ad Parnassum, demonstrated the artist’s creativity during the height of his artistic career in 1932. The oil and casein spread on a raw canvas created the unique texture that differentiated Klee’s brushstrokes. For this piece, he added geometric shapes to the canvas before any layering of color to further organize the composition. The paint used was predominantly yellow, blue, and green. Additionally, there are a total of five humanoid figures and a structure as if two hills with abstract designs were placed upon them.

Klee was not the only artist exhibiting this type of art in 1932; Ernst Ludwig Kirchner also exhibited his own artwork titled Two Women In the Street during the same time period. Not differing highly from Paul Klee’s artwork, it featured muted blues and dark lines against light backgrounds as well as three people scattered on a cobblestone road. Both of these pieces presented peculiar yet profound art portraying human figures against vibrant abstractions – all conveying powerful messages about creative expression at that time.

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