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The Illusion of the American Frontier

From 03 November 2015 to 07 February 2016

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Edward S. Curtis
An Oasis in the Badlands (detail), 1905
Photography, gelatin silver. 15.2 x 20.2 cm
Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

Paul Klee
Omega 5 (Traps)
Oil and watercolour on canvas nailed to cardboard
57.3 x 43 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 623 (1976.8)

More information about this work

Omega 5 (Traps) is a clear example of the ambiguity of Paul Klee’s oeuvre, which swung from figuration to abstraction, from the real to the imagined. The word Attrappen, which appears in the original title, refers to props used in a stage set, and therefore brings to mind artificial objects made of cardboard.

In 1927, the year the present painting is dated, Klee was at the Bauhaus in Dessau, a period in which his investigations were centred on the geometrical origins of form. His studies on the spatial relationships of objects and on the growth of organic forms were chiefly conducted through his numerous still lifes . He wrote in his essay Ways of Studying Nature, in 1923, “thanks to the consciousness that the object is more than its outward appearance would lead us to think, the object expands inwards beyond appearances, through our knowledge.”

Paloma Alarcó

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