Höhe! is the first print executed by Paul Klee after the Bauhaus moved from Weimar to Dessau. From this point onwards the artist abandoned lithography and returned solely to the medium of etching in his graphic work. The Dessau period was very productive and diverse, the artist treating and exploring ideas both new and old.
Höhe! presents a conflation of crucial elements in the artist's vocabulary. The subject is not governed by any structural laws. The figurine, having scaled a combination of ladders, balances in the air, above the level of the full moon, and reaches with a feathery outstretched hand the upper limit of the composition. This central motif is set within Cubist architectural constructions and Romantic landscape imagery which form a highly evocative and poetic harmony.
This print was issued by Klee in an edition of only ten for the Klee-Vereinigung founded by the Braunschweig collector Otto Rolfs in November 1925. Klee dedicated the impressions to each member at Christmas. The present example is dedicated to the noted art dealer Curt Valentin (1902-1954), who in 1928 was working for another important dealer Alfred Flechtheim, in Berlin.