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Gespenst eines Genies [Ghost of a Genius]

Paul Klee1922

National Galleries of Scotland

National Galleries of Scotland

This work may be a self-portrait. Klee had very large eyes, a domed head and a closely cropped beard. The artist made many puppets for his son, and this figure, with its arms flopping down and tilted head, appears to have been inspired by a puppet. The figure was created by a process of oil transfer, rather like making a carbon copy. The artist used a sharp instrument to draw the outline of the figure on a sheet painted with special oil paint on the underside. The black smudges show where Klee's hand rested on the paper.

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  • Title: Gespenst eines Genies [Ghost of a Genius]
  • Creator: Paul Klee
  • Date Created: 1922
  • Physical Dimensions: w354 x h500 cm (Without frame)
  • Credit Line: Purchased 1979
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: http://www.nationalgalleries.org/shop/commercial-and-non-commercial-reproduction/article/copyright-and-reproduction-of-works
  • External Link: National Galleries of Scotland
  • Medium: Oil transfer and watercolour on paper laid on card


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