According to the art critic Will Grohmann, this watercolour is inspired by parties and theatrical performances that were a regular feature at the art school Bauhaus, where Klee taught in the early 1920s. Klee used to take great delight in these performances and frequently referred to them in his work.
Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33
305 x 454 mm
Date of work
Watercolour and oil paint on paper 30.5 x 45.4 cm
Born near Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland in 1879, Klee was an inventive artist, art theorist and talented musician. In 1898 he moved to Munich to study art first under Knirr then moving to Stuck in the Munich Academy. His first major work was series of ten etchings ‘Inventions’ in 1903-05. At various points in his life he associated with artists Kandinsky, Jawlensky, Macke, Marc and Deluanay. In 1921 he moved to Weimar to teach at the Bauhaus, later moving with the academy to Dessau. He taught until 1933, when he was dismissed by the Nazis. This dismissal profoundly affected him, both physically and his output of work. Klee died in exile, in Switzerland in 1940.