|Paul Klee, 1920.
India ink, colored
chalk, and brown wash on paper, 318 x 242 mm
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Curator's notes, Israel Museum:
singular drawing Angelus Novus,
with its evocation of mystical realms, has a history that echoes the
philosophical and political turbulence of its time. It was created during a
breakthrough year in Klee's career: in 1920 he had his first large-scale
exhibition in Munich,
was about to join the Weimar
Bauhaus, and completed his artistic credo, "Creative Confession," in which he
set forth his metaphysical perception of reality. The supernatural beings that
inhabit Klee's work during the last years of his life he created some fifty
celestial angels must be understood in that metaphysical context."