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Deep Pathos by Paul Klee

Deep Pathos, 1915

Paul Klee

Loosely interlocking squares and rectangles, stippled with little dots and cross stitch-like patterns, form a merry patchwork, yet this work has a heavy and somewhat somber title. In fact, it was originally called simply “Abstract Watercolor”, but didn’t sell until Klee changed the title to “Deep Pathos.” Was Klee poking fun at the art world by renaming his whimsical composition?

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art