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Statuettes of Disabled War Heroes

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Artist: Paul Klee
Date: 1927
Medium: Ink on laid paper mounted on light cardboard
Dimensions: 26.7 x 13.7 cm
Event: World War I
Motif: Isolation  

In Statuettes of Disabled War Heroes, Klee plays with the construction of meaning. In this drawing, a dual meaning presents itself: on the one hand he abstracts the figure of the disabled war veteran, on the other hand he presents the technical visual problem of uneasy stability. The means for his artistic expression is the weakness of the lines. It seems as if the figures will fall apart because of the isolated lines. Klee did not intend to paint the war hero who survived the war without any physical harm. Instead, he wanted to present the exact opposite: the permanently injured war veteran who is no longer able to function normally.

Credits: © 2001 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.