Paul Klee
The Protector 1926

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Paul Klee 1879–1940
The Protector
Der Beschützer
Date 1926
Medium Ink on paper on board
Dimensions Support: 300 x 487 mm
Acquisition Presented by Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler 1974, accessioned 1994
Not on display

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A dog is fiercely defending a hapless-looking human figure, who looks more alarmed than reassured by his ‘protector’. Klee was fascinated by the relationship between man and beast as much as that between man and nature. In this work, Klee’s line creates dynamic, simple forms which are almost childlike. The artist Oskar Schlemmer wrote of Klee’s drawing, ‘With a minimum of line he can reveal all of his wisdom’.

July 2007

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