This curious personage, with four small spindly legs supporting a visage of stunned eyes and a quizzical smirk, or handlebar moustache, offers a satiric take on the work’s grim title. Inspired by a Zuni war god sculpture that Klee saw at an ethnological museum, Mask of Fear(1932) was painted on the eve of Hitler’s assumption of power in Germany.
The two sets of legs suggest that two figures might be supporting, and concealed by, this monumental carnival-style mask, an arrangement that might understood in light of Klee’s assertion that “the mask represents art, and behind it hides man.”
This Giant Banana with a villainous, handlebar Moustache was spotted sitting on the sidewalk outside The Church of the Immaculate Conception on 14th Street just east of First Avenue, being part of the church’s weekly weekend rummage sale. I hope he found a good home.
A bunch of guys in my office that have no business trying to grow hair on their faces are doing this Grow a Mustache thing to raise awareness of male cancers. This Beard Bro movement is pretty awesome except that they all look ridiculous (see photo above), but it’s for a good cause, so maybe you want to check it out and grow a mustache yourself! Mustache!