description of Blüten in der Nacht (Blossoms in the Night) by Paul Klee
A few simple flowers are the focus of this nine-inch tall, twelve-inch wide watercolor painting. The palette of shadowy blues and greens, apparently rubbed onto the paper with a dry brush, gives the scene an eerie, nocturnal quality, in contrast to the childlike rendering of the garden-bed subjects. On our left is an unusual flower with four classic leaves and a head resembling a large open eye that stares straight at us. Beneath it, a daisy with yellow petals lies flat on the ground. Near the center of the painting is an upright flower with a large round head, a fringe of fine hair, and sunburst petals. At the far right of the painting is a mysterious object that resembles an alien totem pole with a conical head, long thin legs, and a flowerpot base. Hanging in the sky near the upper right hand corner is a dark blood-red moon.
- Artwork title
- Blüten in der Nacht (Blossoms in the Night)
- Artist name
- Paul Klee
- Date created
- watercolor and ink on prepared ground on paper mounted on board
- 9 1/4 in. x 12 1/4 in. (23.5 cm x 31.12 cm)
- Date acquired
- Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Charlotte Mack
- Permanent URL
- Artwork status
- Not on view at this time.