Paul Klee, “Old Man Calculating” (1929)

A counting caricature: Paul Klee, "Old man calculating" (1929)

In the humorous etching titled “Old Man Calculating”, where the bald caricature of a toothless old man is likened to that of an infant, Klee applies his “strata” structure to facilitate the formation of the figure “exotopically” i.e. more by using shading outside the form, a favorite technique of the artist. Moving across the picture, the strata double in number in an obvious geometric progression, becoming denser each time they meet with the man’s outline.


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