Klee’s technique of ‘taking a line for a walk’ allowed his hand to be free from rational control, creating the starting point for new images. Here, the labyrinth of interlocking horizontal and vertical lines is turned into a town by the simple addition of a roof. In this context, the delicately-sprayed clouds of pink and blue paint in the background become a dense snowstorm. Klee’s works had an enormous influence on the Surrealists (Masson and Miró, in particular), because they provided an example of how automatism could be used in art. This work was acquired by a private collector from the first exhibition of Klee’s work held in a public gallery in Britain, at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh in December 1934. It was later bequeathed to the National Galleries of Scotland.