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Paul Klee, 1879-1940 Permanent Collection:
Works of Art on Paper:
Paul Klee, 1879-1940

Swiss, Birds Making Scientific Experiments in Sex, 1915. Pen and black ink. Robert S. Handler Gift Fund, purchased in memory of J. Allen and Lillian Handler. 1984.19

Klee himself referred to the nervously questing line of his drawings as a form of "psychic improvisation." This drawing combines two of his favorite motifs, birds and scientific experiment. What unites the two thematically is the interest in production, procreation, process and transformation-all characteristic inquiries of Klee's during these years. The theme of procreation may even refer to the artist's own efforts during this period to reinvent the art of drawing.

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