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This is a resource for Stamps School of Art students, especially for Drawing II.

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Arsonist Marionette

Accession Number
1991/2.75

Title
Arsonist Marionette

Artist(s)
Paul Klee

Artist Nationality
Swiss

Object Creation Date
1933

Medium & Support
wax crayon on prepared paper with brown ground

Dimensions
12 5/8 in. x 16 7/8 in. ( 32 cm x 42.8 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Helmut Stern

Label copy
In January of 1940 Klee wrote a short autobiography at the request of art historian Will Grohman. In this statement Klee recalled the situation facing him in 1933 with typical understatement:"The repercussions of Germany's new politics could also be felt in the world of art, restraining not only independent teaching but also influencing any personal creative work"The artist's gleefully sinister marionette seems a perfect characterization of Nazi manipulation of popular thought and action.

Primary Object Classification
Drawing

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Keywords
Expressionism
arson
marionette
modern and contemporary art

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