Paul Klee: The Lamb (1920)

The Lamb, by Paul Klee, 1920, Oil and pen and ink on cardboard, Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Image Source: wikipedia

“The lamb is walking through the colourful stripy cosmos as if it were a lost child. The cross above its head evokes God’s Lamb, which traditionally symbolises Christ’s sacrificial death. However, the religious content in Klee’s work is controversial as the painter did not express a particular religious standpoint. The comparison of the artist and God, on the other hand, plays a central role in his writings. Creating worlds from the divine being is inextricably linked with sacrifice. The lamb may be an allusion to this.”

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank. you for sharing this interesting work by Paul Klee, and your explanation of it.

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    1. My pleasure, Liz. Thanks for visiting. 🙂


  2. I’ve never seen this fascinating work of art by Paul Klee. The representation of Christianity’s sacrificial lamb appears clear to me. Whatever the artist’s intent, the image evokes the suffering of the meek and peace-loving individuals of our world along life’s journey of ups and downs. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I choose to take the symbolism at face value, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rosaliene. 🙂

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  3. shoreacres says:

    This Klee work is new to me. It’s quite interesting; it certainly would make a marvelous stained glass window in a contemporary cathedral.

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    1. I hadn’t even thought of that! Yes, it would be beautiful as stained glass. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, shoreacres. 🙂

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