Paul Klee, who liked experimenting with unconventional drawing techniques, devised the transfer method used here. After making a preliminary drawing on a sheet of paper, he transferred it onto the final support by means of an intermediary sheet, the verso of which was coated with a sticky black oil paint (simulating carbon paper). The smudges and slight fuzziness of the lines resulting from this process give the drawing a soft and tactile quality that contributes to its particular warmth.
Big Ones and Little Ones (Grosse und Kleine)
Oil transfer drawing.
12 1/2 x 8 7/8 inches (316 x 225 mm)
Signed in brown ink at upper right, "Klee"; dated, numbered, and titled by the artist in pen and brown ink at lower center on mount, "1923/81 Grosse und Kleine".
Nierendorf Gallery, New York; Girard collection, Santa Fe; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.