In this painting Paul Klee addressed one of the biggest loves in his life - cats
The artist symbolises the thoughtful cat pondering fish in this highly literal work from 1928, originally titled Katze und Vogel, Cat and Bird.
His passion for this animal reminds many of Pablo Picasso's devotion to animals more generally and speaking specifically about this particular painting, Klee exclaimed, "...There are cats whose gazes are liked armed flowers... [and that cats were] ...a creature that can be understood only indirectly..."
The mystery that surrounds many cats and their aloof behaviour may have been one of the attractions for this thoughtful artist, over the more straight forward breeds of dogs.
This painting was produced using oil and ink on gessoed canvas mounted on wood, measuring 38 x 53cm. It is now located at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Klee provides a dreamy composition in Cat and Bird. This beautiful painting by Paul Klee is a hypnotising painting of the face of a cat. The cat is looking directly at the viewer, and consists of many colours including red, yellow, orange, blue, green and black.
This stunning piece of art is abstract, whilst still being easily identifiable. The bird is located on the forehead of the cat, and appears very hauntingly. The eerie vibe of this painting is what really makes it great to look at. There is something about the painting that is just chilling yet beautiful. Paul Klee's Cat and Bird is one of his many paintings.
There are many other very similar painting, such as Senecio and Seated Woman. This dark and abstract style is similar to the work of artists like Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinsky and Marc Chagall. The overall eerie tone and contrasting colours are stunning to look at. Giving a sense of uneasiness, this work of art is also very warm and gives a sense of contentedness.
The warm orange and yellow colours are soon met with a dark shade of red. This shade of red gives off a 'burnt' look and adds to the satisfactory visuals of the painting.
In the eyes of the cat, there is a mixture of green and blue, which are very mysterious to look at. The bird on the forehead of the cat is just an outline, and the bird appears to look angry.
The bird is also filled in with red, which gives a disturbing feel to the painting. The cat's whiskers are very large and curve all the way to the edges of the painting. Paul Klee's Cat and Bird is overall a very beautiful painting to look at, and appears to be very unique in its style.
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