In Fish Magic, Paul Klee creates a magical realm where the aquatic, the celestial, and the earthly intermingle. A delicate black surface covers an underlayer of colors, which the artist revealed by scratching and scrawling designs in the black paint. At the center of the painting, a square of muslin is glued onto the canvas. A long diagonal line reaching to the top of the clock tower is poised as if to whisk off this subtle curtain.


  • Title: Fish Magic
  • Creator Lifespan: 1879/1940
  • Creator Nationality: Swiss
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Muralto, Switzerland
  • Creator Birth Place: Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland
  • Date: 1925
  • Physical Dimensions: w38.75 x h30.39 in (Overall)
  • Provenance: The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Oil and watercolor on canvas on panel
  • Artist/Maker: Paul Klee, Swiss, 1879 - 1940

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