A painting called Around the Fish by Paul Klee

“Around the Fish” by Paul Klee (1926) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (Artist’s permissions being sought)

I have long been an admirer of Paul Klee, particularly his fish paintings, and enjoyed viewing the textures and techniques of this artwork in the flesh at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The fish is orbited by his iconography which evolved out of his teaching at the Bauhaus.  The arrow, which he used as a teaching tool to indicate force and emotion to his students, points confrontationally to a head, possibly alluding to conflicts or to human consciousness.  His artistic language is enigmatic, and often had meanings beyond the surface appearance.