Senecio

Senecio
senecio-1922-paul-klee
Artist Paul Klee
Year 1922
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 15.9 x 15 in
40.5 x 38 cm
Paul Klee Famous Paintings
Twittering Machine, 1922
Cat and Bird, 1928
Senecio, 1922
Ad Parnassum, 1932
Castle and Sun, 1928
Red Balloon, 1922
Fish Magic, 1925
Insula Dulcamara, 1938
Dream City, 1921
Complete Works

Completed in 1922, Senecio is a manifestation of Paul’s sense of humor and African culture. The simple colors and shapes, Paul makes use of various shades of orange, red, and yellow to reveal portrait of an old man. Artistic use of shapes gives the false impression that one eye browse is raised. His left eye brow is represented by a triangle while the other one is made of a simple curved line. The portrait is also called Head of a Man Going Senile and intentionally mimics children’s artwork by using ambiguous shapes and forms with minimal facial details.

About the Artist

Paul Klee was born on December 18, 1879 in a small town in Switzerland. He is considered both a Swiss and German painter, despite his French expressionism influences. His contribution to expressionism and cubism got him noticed during the early stage of his career as an artist. Paul followed a career path as a teacher of color theory and wrote several publications on the subject.

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