Die Hexe mit dem Kamm

Accession Number

Die Hexe mit dem Kamm

Paul Klee

Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

16 in x 11 1/8 in (40.6 cm x 28.3 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 46 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Here, Klee has drawn a witch with a comb. The figure is whimsical and almost cartoon-like. Creating fantastical and mythical figures was characteristic of Klee's work, imagery of angels, demons, and witches appear throughout his oeuvre, often translated into human form. In addition, Klee was inspired by the simplicity and freedom of children's art. These influences are reflected in this piece which makes use of simple line and shape to depict the subject matter. This work was included in one of the portfolios produced by the Bauhaus that went to the German Book Museum.  

Physical Description
This image shows a line drawing of a standing figure. The figure has a large comb coming from the top of their head drawn with fanned-out lines and little circles along the top and wears a dress with a triangular pattern. He/she has arrows pointing downwards for arms. There are a few horizontal lines directly below and behind the figure to indicate shadow. The letter "K" is found at the bottom of the page, within the print plate and handwritten signature of the artist appears next to it. Below that is a horizontal line with the print edition and date in the lower left and the title of the work in the lower right.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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combs (hair ornaments)
figures (representations)
modern and contemporary art
simplicity (artistic concept)

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