About this artwork
While this watercolor may initially appear completely abstract, upon closer inspection a figure emerges from the layered forms. A body has been shaped from parallel lines, which give the appearance of exposed musculature. The figure appears trapped by the approaching darkness on all sides, and a single drop of blood falls from his mouth as another threatens to fall from above. The pain of the subject is palpable: the cross on the left, a symbol of the Crucifixion, enhances this sense of suffering.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Paul Klee
- The Malady
- Made 1926
- Watercolor, with stippling, pen and black ink, blue pencil, and bands of mauve gouache, on ivory laid paper, laid down on ivory wove card
- Signed, lower right, in pen and black ink: "Klee"; dated, lower left on mount, in pen and black ink: "1926.K.1."”; at lower right on mount, in pen and black ink: "das Uebel"; at lower left, in graphite: "VII"; verso, at center on mount, in graphite: "THE EVIL ONE"; at upper left on mount, in graphite: "J. Bireau / 32/24/56 / 31/24/55"; at upper center on mount, in graphite: "Lambert"
- 293 × 302 mm (primary support); 394 × 387 mm (secondary support)
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection
- © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn