Initially, this rich and vibrant work formed part of a larger composition, the lower section of which Klee cut off to create two independent works, giving the other image the title Waldvogel (fig. 1). The present composition thus forms part of a hidden dialogue between the poisonous berries and the forest bird of its ‘sister piece’. Klee’s interest in this process of Teilung (division) is evident as early as 1902 and was examined in the seminal 1995 exhibition Paul Klee: Im Zeichen der Teilung. In that exhibition, the present work was reunited with its sister piece for the first time since their division.
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