Paul Klee

The Protector

1926

Original title
Der Beschützer
Medium
Ink on paper on board
Dimensions
Support: 300 x 487 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler 1974, accessioned 1994
Reference
T06794

Display caption

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’.

Gallery label, July 2007

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