description of Die Hexe mit dem Kamm (The Witch with the Comb) by Paul Klee

This lithograph by Paul Klee is a line drawing made with a crayon, printed in gray on buff-colored paper roughly 12 inches tall by 8 inches wide. A woman stands in the center, with an extravagant scrolling hairdo and a crown comb sticking straight up on her head. Below the comb, her face is empty space but for two small black circles for eyes topped by a long horizontal line for a brow. A thin vertical line drops down from the comb across her forehead, bisects her brow, and continues straight down through blank space only to be stopped by a short horizontal, forming a small upside down letter T, no doubt her mouth. Below the T an arabesque curls down and then rises back up, perhaps suggesting her chin line. The garb of this figure is made up of scroll-like volutes, curving out towards us and dropping down her arms, which end in two solid black arrows where we might expect to find hands. She wears a succession of skirts of decreasing size, and her feet stick out of the lowest one like two small black ice skates.

Paul Klee, Die Hexe mit dem Kamm (The Witch with the Comb), 1922
Paul Klee, Die Hexe mit dem Kamm (The Witch with the Comb), 1922; lithograph, 12 13/16 in. x 8 3/8 in. (32.54 cm x 21.27 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of the Djerassi Art Trust
Paul Klee, Die Hexe mit dem Kamm (The Witch with the Comb), 1922

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Die Hexe mit dem Kamm (The Witch with the Comb)
Artist name
Paul Klee
Date created
1922
Classification
print
Medium
lithograph
Dimensions
12 13/16 in. x 8 3/8 in. (32.54 cm x 21.27 cm)
Date acquired
1991
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of the Djerassi Art Trust
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/91.335
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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