Shop art print and framed art Angelus Novus by Paul Klee

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Subjects : Religion
Keywords : angel
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Angelus Novus

Angelus novus is a watercolour by Paul Klee painted in 1920 and currently in the collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The German philosopher and art critic Walter Benjamin, to whom the painting belonged until his death, contributed greatly to its notoriety. He talks about it as follows in the ninth thesis of his essay On the Concept of History : - Walter Benjamin, On the Concept of History This painting by Paul Klee was first exhibited in May-June 1920 at the Hans Goltz Gallery in Munich. Walter Benjamin acquired it in May or early June 1921 for the sum of 1,000 Reichsmarks and initially placed it in the care of his friend Gershom Scholem. In November 1921, Scholem sent the watercolour to Berlin, where Benjamin had found a new flat. In September 1933, Benjamin emigrated to Paris, fleeing Nazi Germany, leaving behind the painting, which he did not recover until 1935 thanks to friends. When Benjamin left Paris in June 1940, he asked Georges Bataille to hide it in the Bibliothèque nationale, rue de Richelieu. After the war, the painting was recovered by Theodor W. Adorno who, in accordance with Benjamin's wishes, gave it to Scholem, who lived in Jerusalem, in his will of 1932. Scholem's heirs then donated it to the Israel Museum. In the 1920s, Benjamin also wanted to found a magazine called Angelus novus, but his project never came to fruition. Artists and musicians have been openly inspired by this work and its meaning. For example, Sylvain Creuzevault's Angelus Novus [...]


This artwork is a drawing from the modern period. It belongs to the surrealism style.


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