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Portrait of a Pregnant Woman (Bildnis Einer Schwangeren Frau)

Paul Klee

European Art

This portrait of Paul Klee’s pregnant wife, Lily, verges on caricature. The work’s bold, graphic strokes, which deftly sweep across the woman’s hair and shoulders, prefigure the energetic lines that characterize Klee’s later, abstracted works, such as the lithograph on view nearby.
MEDIUM Pastel and brown ink on laid paper
  • Place Made: Europe
  • DATES 1907
    DIMENSIONS 9 5/8 x 13 7/16 in. (24.5 x 34.2 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed, "Paul Klee, 1907" in lower right of composition in ink
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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    CAPTION Paul Klee (Swiss, 1879-1940). Portrait of a Pregnant Woman (Bildnis Einer Schwangeren Frau), 1907. Pastel and brown ink on laid paper, 9 5/8 x 13 7/16 in. (24.5 x 34.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 38.110. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 38.110_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 38.110_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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