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The Cover
September 12, 2007

In the Magic Mirror

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(10):1134. doi:10.1001/jama.298.10.1134

Paul Klee (1879-1940) was a professor of art at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie when the Nazi party came to power in 1933. Accused of being a “Galician Jew,” whose works were “degenerate,” the 54-year-old professor was one of some 1400 artists whose works were confiscated from more than 30 German museums. Some 650 works by these artists were later singled out by the government for inclusion in the notorious Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition that opened in Munich on July 19, 1937. More than 2 million visitors attended the exhibit in Munich and another million saw it when it traveled throughout Germany and Austria. Seventeen of the works in the show were by Klee.