Refuge (1930) by Paul Klee

Refuge - Paul Klee - 1930

Artwork Information

TitleRefuge
ArtistPaul Klee
Date1930
Mediumoil,watercolor
Dimensions56.8 x 38.1 cm (22 3/8 x 15 in.)
Art MovementExpressionism
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About Refuge

Paul Klee’s artwork, “Refuge”, created in 1930 features the quality of an archetypal ‘refuge’, with strong autobiographical elements. The image depicts a night-time dwelling place in the form of a red hovel, surrounded by a clean white wall and sheltered by two domes. The iconography suggests it may be partly self-referential as some suggest it might depict his relationship with Lily Stumpf, while other speculate it could be related to his relationship with Lilyni Albers. There is a tendency for Paul Klee scholars to interpret the imagery as being symbolic, representing some kind of alter ego.

This painting is one among the many wonders of visual art produced by Paul Klee, who is known for creating vibrant and meaningful artworks that captivate viewers. Another of his notable pieces includes “Red and White Domes” from 1914. In this masterpiece, Paul Klee cleverly used an abstract composition along with bright colors to depict a picturesque landscape in the midst of mountains or rolling hills. All these works come together to create what has become known as Paul Klee’s unique visual language.

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