Strong Dream, 1929 by Paul Klee
The Goldfish, 1925 by Paul Klee
Paul Klee’s attitude to animals was a matter of surprise to his contemporaries. From childhood on he kept a cat, and, as this was known, nobody was surprised at his man variations on this theme.
This wondrous goldfish is in deep blue water, other little red and purple fishes rather keeping out of his majesty’s way. There are tiny ripples in the water all around, and from the lower edge rise some light blue plants of simple form, such as are found in meadows and near ponds. the goldfish is giving off an inner light, and actually should light up the water, but the water remains dark. The goldfish glows alone with its improbable color. The cinnabar red fins and the red eye heighten the brilliance of the scales, which look as though embroidered upon the fish.