Old Man Calculating by Paul Klee art print
35.6 x 28 cm art print featuring artwork by Paul Klee, Rechnender Greis (Old Man Calculating), from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection.
Museum Fine Art paper 280gsm, a gently textured etching paper particularly suited to giclee reproductions of artworks and paintings. Ideal for premium colour and monochrome prints.
Klee visited Egypt in 1929, the year this print was made, and the landscape of the country made a great impression on him mentally and visually. He felt that past and present existed in simultaneous layers, and the barren desert landscapes took the form of bands of horizontal lines in his drawings and paintings. The figure in this print is recognisable as an old man from his bald head and toothless mouth. Klee has used extra lines around the man’s hands, which emphasises the impression of him moving his fingers for counting. Klee’s linear images are deceptively simple, but he wrote of his depictions of people: ‘My mirror probes down to the heart…My human faces are truer than real ones.’