Felix Klee’s theatre set with the puppet characters of Kasperl and the Devil. 1924.
In a little to-and-fro in the previous Artlog post’s comment-box, I told Bev about a puppet theatre and puppets made by Paul Klee for his son Felix. For today’s post I thought I’d show some images culled from this marvellous collection.
Mr Death and Sepperl.
Puppet enthusiasts will find all they need to know about Paul Klee and the wonderful toys made for Felix between the covers of the informative book Paul Klee Hand Puppets published by Hatje Cantz.
Top: Felix Klee in 1988 with the self-portrait glove-puppet made by his father. Above: head of the puppet made from beef-bone and plaster.
From 1916 to 1925 some fifty glove puppets were fashioned by Paul Klee for Felix, thirty of which survive. They are made from an eclectic range of materials, among which are beef bones, electrical sockets, brushes and pieces cut from discarded clothes. In the design of the puppets Klee played with the art movements of his time, including Dada and Bauhaus. There are characters among the cast which are based on the popular Kasperl Theater, but later the artist created extraordinary puppets with characteristics and names that were uniquely his own inventions. Here are some of them.
Top: Bearded Frenchman. Above: Spectre of the Matchbox.
Barber of Baghdad.
Top: Ghost of a Scarecrow, Bandit and White-Haired Eskimo. Above: Black Spectre, Electrical Spook and Old Man.