Free Forms Rigidly Mounted, 1930

Watercolor on off-white paper
sight: 61 x 46.8 cm (24 x 18 7/16 in.)
frame: 80 × 65 × 2 cm (31 1/2 × 25 9/16 × 13/16 in.)
Bequest of Clinton Wilder, Class of 1943
Born into a musical family, the painter, educator, and theoretician Paul Klee joined the Blaue Reiter circle in Munich in 1912. Following military service in the First World War, Klee joined the teaching staff at the Bauhaus, a post he held until the institution was dissolved in reaction to the rise of Fascism in 1933. The profoundly influential German school of fine and applied arts and architecture lasted only fourteen years yet propagated an aesthetic that came to epitomize international modernist design throughout the second half of the twentieth century.