Captive (1940) by Paul Klee

Captive - Paul Klee - 1940

Artwork Information

TitleCaptive
ArtistPaul Klee
Date1940
MediumOil on burlap
Dimensions18 7/8 x 17 3/8 in.
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationCollection Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Zimmerman, New York

About Captive

The artwork “Captive” by Paul Klee is a remarkable expressionist portrait created in 1940 using oil on burlap. Measuring 18 7/8 x 17 3/8 inches, this piece is an exemplar of Klee’s unique approach to form and composition within the expressionism movement. As of the noted information, the artwork was a part of the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Zimmerman in New York, representing a significant contribution to the legacy of 20th-century art.

The artwork itself features an amalgamation of abstracted shapes and lines that come together to form what can be identified as a stylized face. The use of geometric shapes and overlapping lines creates a sense of depth and complexity within the portrait. The figure seems to be segmented by a grid-like structure, perhaps suggesting a sense of confinement or fragmentation of the subject’s identity. The color palette is dominated by shades of blue, weaving through the artwork and creating a harmonious yet somewhat somber atmosphere. Despite the abstract nature, the artwork communicates emotional intensity, capturing the viewer’s gaze with its intricate composition and evocative use of form.

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