Paul Klee, Der Verliebte (Man in Love), 1923; color lithograph; Collection SFMOMA, Gift of the Djerassi Art Trust; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
SFMOMA has had a longstanding commitment to the art of Paul Klee over its 75-year history. This exhibition re-creates a 1946 show of prints by the Swiss-born modernist held at the museum. At that time, Klee's work was little known outside of Europe; the exhibition was perceived as highly original, and the works seem no less fresh or innovative more than six decades later. The prints demonstrate how Klee, like many German Expressionist artists of the early 20th century, experimented with etching, drypoint, and lithography techniques in order to advance his exploration of pictorial symbolism.