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.

Paul Klee, Blüten in der Nacht (Blossoms in the Night), 1930
Paul Klee, Blüten in der Nacht (Blossoms in the Night), 1930; 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); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Charlotte Mack
Paul Klee, Blüten in der Nacht (Blossoms in the Night), 1930

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Blüten in der Nacht (Blossoms in the Night)
Artist name
Paul Klee
Date created
1930
Classification
painting
Medium
watercolor and ink on prepared ground on paper mounted on board
Dimensions
9 1/4 in. x 12 1/4 in. (23.5 cm x 31.12 cm)
Date acquired
1953
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Charlotte Mack
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/53.6207
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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