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Angelus Novus

James C. Harris, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2006;63(11):1177. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.63.11.1177.
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On the same day in March 1916 that 36-year-old Paul Klee (1879-1940) received his red slip notifying him of his conscription into the German army, a telegram arrived announcing that his close friend and fellow artist, Franz Marc (1880-1916), had been killed by a grenade at the Battle of Verdun. Klee and Marc held opposing views about the war; Marc actively supported it, but Klee was indifferent to Marc's war: it did not affect him internally; the real war was already within himself. His friend's death was a time for soul searching and reflecting on their differences in personality and style. Contrasting himself to Marc, he wrote:

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Paul Klee (1879-1940), Swiss. Angelus Novus, 1920, 32. India ink, color chalks, and brown wash on paper. Gift of Fania and Gershom Scholem, John and Paul Herring, Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder. Collection, The Israel Museum (http://www.imj.org.il/imagine/item.asp?itemNum=199799), Jerusalem. Photograph © Collection The Israel Museum/by David Harris. ©2006 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany.

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