The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 25, 2024

Tightrope Walker

Tightrope Walker

1923
(German, 1879–1940)
Catalogue raisonné: Kornfeld 95
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Paul Klee made this print during a decade spent on the faculty of the Bauhaus, an influential German art school.

Description

This lithograph is one of Paul Klee’s many depictions of tightrope walkers, a subject that he saw as reflecting the balance and tension necessary to artistic creation. Against a field of pink, the figure occupies only a small portion of the sheet, much of which is filled with an abstracted landscape of winding stairs and paths. Klee employed a variety of lithographic techniques in the print—from the fine pen lines used to sketch the tightrope walker and his surroundings to the smooth gradient above and below him, making him appear as if spotlit.
  • ?-1961
    (Kennedy Gallery, New York, sold to the Print Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH)
    1961
    Print Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    1961-
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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  • {{cite web|title=Tightrope Walker|url=false|author=Paul Klee|year=1923|access-date=25 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1961.154