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Seiltänzer (Tightrope Walker)

© Estate of Paul Klee / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany

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© Estate of Paul Klee / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Paul Klee / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Paul Klee

Swiss, 1879-1940

Seiltänzer (Tightrope Walker), 1923

color lithograph

Edition: 138/220

overall: 17 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches (43.81 x 26.67 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of A. Conger Goodyear, by exchange, 1949

P1949:15

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Inscriptions

signature / lower right / Klee

Class

Prints (visual works)

Work Type

Lithograph

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

In 1920 Walter Gropius (German, 1883–1969) invited Paul Klee to teach at the Bauhaus—a highly influential art and design school in Germany that stressed art’s critical relationship to society and technology. There, he worked alongside a diverse group of artists that included Vassily Kandinsky and László Moholy-Nagy. The theme of balance was important to Klee, and several of his works feature a tightrope walker. During a lecture in 1921 he stated, “The tightrope walker with his pole (is a) ‘symbol of the balance of forces.’ He holds the forces of gravity in balance (weight and counterweight). He is a pair of scales.”

Label from Picasso: The Artist and His Models, November 5, 2016–February 19, 2017

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