Animals in an Enclosure, 1938

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Animals in Enclosure was created during Klee's exile in Switzerland after he was stripped of his professorship at the Düsseldorf Academy by the Nazis in 1933. It employs a labyrinth of aggressive shapes such as bars, arches, forks and arcs to create an imaginary enclosure for several hieroglyphic beasts. The relationship to prehistoric cave paintings and rock sculptures gives this work a sense of mystery and reveals most directly the influence of archaic forms on Klee's art.

Animals in an Enclosure
Artist Life
1879 - 1940
Accession Number
The artist; the artist's wife, Lily Klee, Bern (1940-d.1946); Klee Foundation, Bern, 1946; Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Paris; (Buchholz Gallery, New York, by 1948-1953; sold to Galerie Simon); (Galerie Simon, Paris, from 1953). Frederick C. Schang, South Norwalk, Conn. and New York, by 1959-1964; given to MIA, 1964.
Catalogue Raisonne
Klee Foundation, vol. 7, no. 7209; P. Klee handwritten catalogue: 1938, 8 (8)
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