Paul Klee A Young Lady’s Adventure 1922

Artwork details

Artist
Paul Klee 1879–1940
Title
A Young Lady’s Adventure
Abenteuer eines Fräuleins
Date 1922
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 625 x 480 mm
frame: 686 x 510 x 20 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1946
Reference
N05659
Not on display

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Commentators have differed in their interpretation of this watercolour. The German critic Will Grohmann, for example, saw the figure as a 'fashionable lady, who is spite of her striking elegance is more or less helpless in face of the oppressive spirits'. In the Bauhaus where Klee taught in this period the work was known, he said, as 'The English Miss'. Others emphasise the erotic connotations of the imagery, and Klee's use of arrows as phallic symbols. For Christain Geelhaar the 'young lady's adventure' referred to in the title is sexual in nature.

August 2004

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