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Redgreen and Violet-Yellow Rhythms

Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)

Date:
1920
Medium:
Oil and ink on cardboard
Dimensions:
14 3/4 x 13 1/4in. (37.5 x 33.7cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.315.19
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed, dated and numbered (center left): Klee/ 1920. 38

  • Provenance

    the artist (1920–21; sold in April 1921 to Goltz); [Galerie Neue Kunst Hans Goltz, Munich, from 1921]; Paul Erich Küppers, Hannover (until d. 1922); his widow, Sophie Küppers, later Lissitzky-Küppers, Hannover, Moscow, and Novosibirsk, Russia (1922–58; on loan to the Provinzialmuseum, Hannover, 1926–30; retrieved by El Lissitzky in 1930 and brought to Moscow; sold in 1958 to Kos); Carlo Kos, Klagenfurt, Austria (1958–74; sale, Sotheby's, London, July 2–3, 1974, no. 92, sold to Acquavella); [Acquavella Galleries, New York, 1974]; Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1974–84; his gift to MMA)

  • Exhibition History

    Munich. Galerie Neue Kunst Hans Goltz. "Paul Klee," May–June 1920, no. 29 (as "Rotgrüne und violettgelbe Rhythmen") [catalogue published in "Der Ararat" 2, May–June 1920, p. 21].

    Munich. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus. "Paul Klee: Das Frühwerk 1883–1922," December 12, 1979–March 2, 1980, no. 411 (lent by a private collection, Switzerland).

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paul Klee: The Berggruen Klee Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 6–July 31, 1988, unnumbered cat. (p. 111).

    Kunsthalle Tübingen. "Paul Klee: Die Sammlung Berggruen im Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York und im Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris," January 22–April 16, 1989, unnumbered cat. (p. 111).

    London. Tate Gallery. "Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris," May 17–August 13, 1989, unnumbered cat. (p. 111).

    Mexico City. Centro Cultural Arte Contemporáneo. "Paul Klee: Selección de sesenta obras. The Berggruen Klee Collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 1989–January 1990, no. 16.

    Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. "20th Century Flower Painting," February 1–March 31, 1991, no catalogue.

    Nagoya. Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art. "Paul Klee Retrospective," April 2–May 23, 1993, no. 96.

    Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art. "Paul Klee Retrospective," June 1–July 25, 1993, no. 96.

    Tokyo. Bunkamura Museum of Art. "Paul Klee Retrospective," July 31–September 21, 1993, no. 96.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee in Munich," January 12–July 21, 1996, no catalogue.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Landscapes," November 20, 1997–February 8, 1998, no catalogue.

    Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Sammlung Berggruen. "Klee aus New York: Hauptwerke der Sammlung Berggruen im Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 4–October 18, 1998, no. 6 (as "Kubischer Aufbau [mit kobaltviolettem Kreuz]").

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Paintings," September 14, 1999–March 12, 2000, no catalogue.

    Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura. "Paul Klee and His Travels," February 9–March 31, 2002, no. 100 (as "Kubischer Aufbau [mit kobaltviolettem Kreuz]").

    Morioka. Iwate Museum of Art. "Paul Klee and His Travels," April 13–June 9, 2002, no. 100.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee the Voyager," February 4–May 4, 2003, no catalogue.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Abstract," September 5–December 7, 2003, no catalogue.

    Santander. Fundación Marcelino Botín. "Paul Klee: Colección Berggruen," July 7–September 24, 2006, unnumbered cat. (p. 69).

    Rome. Fondazione Memmo. "Paul Klee: La collezione Berggruen," October 11, 2006–January 7, 2007, no. 14.

    London. Tate Modern. "The EY Exhibition—Paul Klee: Making Visible," October 16, 2013–March 9, 2014, unnumbered cat. (p. 61).

  • References

    Sabine Rewald. Paul Klee: The Berggruen Klee Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1988, pp. 110–11, 275, 317, ill. (color and bw).

    Ulrich Bischoff. Paul Klee. Munich, 1992, pp. 40, 172, colorpl. 23.

    Christiane Dessauer Reiners. Das Rhythmische bei Paul Klee. Eine Studie zum genetischen Bildverfahren. Worms, 1996, pp. 78, 140–41 n. 4, p. 205, fig. 8.

    Josef Helfenstein and Christian Rümelin, eds. Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné. Vol. 3, 1919–1922. Ed. Paul Klee Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. New York, 1999, p. 165, no. 2383, ill.

    Ingeborg Prior. Die geraubten Bilder: Die abenteuerliche Geschichte der Sophie Lissitzky Küppers und ihrer Kunstsammlung. Cologne, 2002, pp. 103–4, 155, 188–89, 194–95.

    Matthew Gale in The EY Exhibition—Paul Klee: Making Visible. Exh. cat., Tate Modern. London, 2013, pp. 48, 104, 246, ill. (color) p. 61 and front cover.

  • See also
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