Angels


Paul Klee (1879-1940) Schellen-Engel, 1939 serial number 966 © Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

Images of angels are among the most popular works of Paul Klee (1879-1940). They not only appeal to art lovers but are also cherished by many as poetic helpers in everyday life. As winged hybrids – half man, half heavenly messenger – they represent an intermediate state between worldly and otherworldly existence; this plays to the modern desire for spirituality but at the same time expresses contemporary scepticism towards religion and questions of faith. In this exhibition, which includes around 80 drawings, watercolours, gouaches and paintings, almost all of Klee’s angels have been gathered together for the very first time.
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengießerwall, Hamburg, Germany.