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Gespenst eines Genies [Ghost of a Genius] 1922

Not on display

This work may be a self-portrait. Klee had very large eyes, a domed head and a closely cropped beard. The artist made many puppets for his son, and this figure, with its arms flopping down and tilted head, appears to have been inspired by a puppet. The figure was created by a process of oil transfer, rather like making a carbon copy. The artist used a sharp instrument to draw the outline of the figure on a sheet painted with special oil paint on the underside. The black smudges show where Klee's hand rested on the paper.

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Oil transfer

An image-making process similar to making a carbon copy. An image is drawn onto the back of a sheet painted with a special oil paint; the pressure causes the image to be transferred onto another sheet of paper beneath.

Oil transfer


  • Acc. No. GMA 2106
  • Medium Oil transfer and watercolour on paper laid on card
  • Size 50.00 x 35.40 cm (framed: 61.90 x 80.30 x 3.80 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1979