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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