Seiltanzer (Tightrope Walker)
Maker and role
Artist: Paul Klee, Swiss, 1879-1940
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A man walks carefully along a wire, steadying himself with the rod he holds in his two outstretched hands. The accordion-like form at the left is the ladder he used to climb to the top. The brittle lines of the flimsy scaffold beneath suggest the tenuous nature of equilibrium. Even the large white cross formed in the interstices of the four blocks of red ink reinforces the themes of balance and counterbalance.
Inscribed l.l.: 1923 138