Insula Dulcamara (1938) by Paul Klee

Insula Dulcamara - Paul Klee - 1921 - 1938

Artwork Information

TitleInsula Dulcamara
ArtistPaul Klee
Date1921 - 1938
Dimensions31 1/2 x 69 in.
Art MovementAbstract Art
Current LocationZentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
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About Insula Dulcamara

In 1938, Paul Klee created seven panels in horizontal format known as Insula Dulcamara. To achieve a smooth and differentiated surface, Klee sketched the panels with charcoal on newsprint which he then pasted over burlap or linen. The colors used in the artwork include pink, red, green, blue, brown and black. The figures inhabiting the insula look human but lack clear definition. In the last ten years of his life until 1940, Klee produced numerous drawings.

Another artwork by Paul Klee is Highway And Byways from 1929 – one of his most impressive creations. The surface is assembled from strips of cardboard that were doweled together and painted over with pigments applied by palette knife; added accents are provided by fluorescent paint and also pastels adding highlights to the cities in the landscape below. With Highway And Byways Klee’s created a modern interpretation of a fable – what lies between a destination and its place of origin? It is an imagined vision of imaginary highways that welcome travelers familiar and strange alike.

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