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Blitzgefahr

Accession Number
1987/2.12

Title
Blitzgefahr

Artist(s)
Paul Klee

Artist Nationality
Swiss

Object Creation Date
1931

Medium & Support
watercolor on paper

Dimensions
18 in x 20 1/8 in (45.7 cm x 51.1 cm);22 3/16 in x 28 3/16 in (56.36 cm x 71.6 cm);18 1/8 in x 20 1/8 in (46.1 cm x 51.1 cm)

Subject matter
For Klee, the concept of lightning, displayed in this work, represents several sets of contrasts in both art and nature.  Formally, the soft, rounded, and lightly colored washes of color that make up the background here are sharply interrupted by the harsher, zigzagging lines along the bottom of the composition which represent the lightening.  Klee kept many diaries and produced much writing on his theories of art and nature.  For him, lightning represented both creation and destruction.  He compared both positive and negative life events, such as the possibility of producing children and the death of a close friend, to striking bolts of lightning.  

Physical Description
This watercolor consists of concentric areas of color. At the top is a blue cloud-like shape surrounded by a yellow ring in turn surrounded by an orange-pink color. The bottom edge is an olive-green color where we see thin zigzagging lines in red-brown. 

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Keywords
Expressionism
Nature
creation (doctrinal concept)
destruction (process)
lightning
modern and contemporary art
zigzags

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