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Creator Name: Klee, Paul
Creator Nationality: European; Swiss
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1879 - 1940
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Paul Klee
Title: Howling Dog
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1928
Creation End Date: 1928
Creation Date: 1928
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.17-1/2 x W.22-3/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 56.42
Credit Line: Gift of F. C. Schang
Copyright: ? Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Klee's playful depiction of a solitary dog baying at a radiant moon exemplifies the artist's reliance on a linear style of representation. Using a series of sinuous lines, Klee creates a harmonious arrangement of three distinct forms: a dog, the moon, and in an unusual but charming visualization of sound, the dog's extended howl. Placed at the center of an amorphous ground of swirling colors, the dog's howl assumes a dominant pictorial role, winding, bending on itself, hanging in the night air like a wisp of smoke, while representing a visual as well as temporal record of the emanating sound. Klee's two-dimensional composition effectively supplants traditional spatial illusion, revealing a simple, yet elegant ideogram for the painting's whimsical subject.

AMICA ID: MIA_.56.42
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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