Purple, green, orange and white abstraction of a dog howling at the moon. Stylistic and formal differentiation of art.

Howling Dog, 1928

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Klee's playful depiction of a solitary dog baying at a radiant moon exemplifies the artist's reliance on a linear style of representation. Using a series of sinuous lines, Klee creates a harmonious arrangement of three distinct forms: a dog, the moon, and in an unusual but charming visualization of sound, the dog's extended howl. Placed at the center of an amorphous ground of swirling colors, the dog's howl assumes a dominant pictorial role, winding, bending on itself, hanging in the night air like a wisp of smoke, while representing a visual as well as temporal record of the emanating sound. Klee's two-dimensional composition effectively supplants traditional spatial illusion, revealing a simple, yet elegant ideogram for the painting's whimsical subject.

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Paul Klee, Howling Dog (#852)
Details
Title
Howling Dog
Artist Life
1879 - 1940
Role
Artist
Accession Number
56.42
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Purple, green, orange and white abstraction of a dog howling at the moon. Stylistic and formal differentiation of art.