Ancient Sound, Abstract on Black (1925) by Paul Klee

Ancient Sound, Abstract on Black - Paul Klee - 1925

Artwork Information

TitleAncient Sound, Abstract on Black
ArtistPaul Klee
MediumOil on cardboard
Dimensions15 x 15 in.
Art MovementAbstract Art

About Ancient Sound, Abstract on Black

The artwork “Ancient Sound, Abstract on Black” was created by artist Paul Klee in 1925. As an exemplar of the Abstract Art movement, this oil on cardboard composition measures 15 by 15 inches and embodies the abstract genre. The artwork employs a mosaic of color blocks to invoke a sense of depth and rhythm, conveying an almost musical quality that resonates with the piece’s title. With a dominantly dark palette, vibrant hues emerge like notes off a score, suggesting an intertwining of visual art with auditory elements, which is characteristic of Klee’s expressive and innovative style. The individual color squares seem to pulsate against the black background, as if to mimic the ancient sounds alluded to in the title.

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