“Klee’s wily, woozy art looms with a bleak new urgency. These late works depict people confused, annoyed, disoriented; Klee’s lines wobble and shimmy, and his figures struggle to balance. In Sieht Zurück (Looks Back), a single line zigzags against a background slicked with a grease crayon until it forms a disjointed human body, hopelessly lost, ready to topple.
A photomontage here by Josef Albers shows the Swiss artist at the Bauhaus, gazing at Albers’s lens with smoldering concentration. But Klee’s final drawings exhibit instead a bewildered detachment, each asserting the need for irony in a world governed by madmen.”
Read the full review in The New York Times
Paul Klee: 1939 is on view at 537 West 20th Street in New York through October 26, 2019.
Image: Paul Klee, im liegen (Lying down), 1939