Paul Klee - Struck from the list, 1933

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The picture is a self-portrait in dark colours showing Paul Klee with closed eyes and tightly shut mouth with the corners drawn downwards.

Paul Klee returned to Berne, the city of his childhood and youth, on the 23rd December 1933. This was not done willingly, but was the enforced reaction to the accession to power by the National Socialists in Germany. From the beginning Paul and Lily Klee had observed the developments in Germany with unease. In Weimar and Dessau they were forced to experience the ugliest attacks on the Bauhaus by the National Socialists.