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Miraculous Landing, or the "112!"

Artist:
Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)
Date:
1920
Medium:
Watercolor, transferred printing ink, and ink on paper mounted on cardboard
Dimensions:
12 1/4 in. × 15 in. (31.1 × 38.1 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.315.23
Not on view
In 1918, Klee evoked the following image in his diary: "The storm on the wheat field was captivating; I'll paint a ship sailing on waves of rye." Klee never painted that picture, but this one seems just as miraculous. A boat of the type of Noah's Ark-the "112"-is moored to a boathouse. The face of the girl in the left window is expressionless; her eyes are closed. Perhaps this "miraculous landing" exists only in her imagination.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Klee; dated and inscribed on cardboard (lower left): 1920/179 Wunderbare Landung, oder "112!"
the artist, Munich (1920–21; gift in March 1921 to Hausenstein); Wilhelm Hausenstein, Munich (1921–at least 1948); [Philip Granville Modern Paintings, London, until 1956]; Baron Joseph Berchtold Urvater, Brussels (by 1957–61; sold in 1961 to Beyeler); [Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1961–63; sold in 1963 to Berggruen]; Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1963–84; his gift to MMA)

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. "Paul Klee," February 8–March 25, 1957, no. 29 (as "Wonderbare Landing," lent by J. B. Urvater, Brussels).

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. "Paul Klee," March 29–May 12, 1957, no. 29 (as "Débarquement merveilleux," lent by J. B. Urvater, Brussels).

Otterlo. Kröller-Müller Museum. "De Grote Belgische Verzameligen. Verzamelig Urvater," June 29–September 2, 1957, no. 59.

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Liège. "Les Grandes Collections Belges. Collection Urvater," October 5–November 11, 1957, no. 59.

Leicester Museum and Art Gallery. "Paintings from the Urvater Collection," September 13–October 4, 1958, no. 43.

City of York Art Gallery. "Paintings from the Urvater Collection," October 11–November 1, 1958, no. 43.

London. Tate Gallery. "Paintings from the Urvater Collection," November 12–December 14,1958, no. 43.

Belgrade. Art Pavilion. "Nadrealisti i apstraktni. Zbirka Urvater," April 7–21, 1959.

Zagreb. Moderna Galerija, Zagreb. "Nadrealisti i apstraktni. Zbirka Urvater," April 29–May 14, 1959.

Basel. Galerie Beyeler. "Klee," March–April 1963, no. 15.

Paris. Berggruen et Cie. "Paul Klee. Les années 20," May–July 1971, no. 2.

Saint-Paul. Fondation Maeght. "Paul Klee," July 9–September 30, 1977, no. 30 (lent by a private collection, Paris).

London. Hayward Gallery. "Dada and Surrealism Reviewed," January 11–March 27, 1978, no. 8.17 (as "Accostage miraculeux ou '112'. Miraculous meeting or '112'," lent by a private collection).

Cologne. Kunsthalle. "Paul Klee. Das Werk der Jahre 1919–1933. Gemälde, Handzeichnungen, Druckgraphik," April 11–June 4, 1979, no. 31 (lent by a private collection, Paris).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selection Two: Twentieth-Century Art," June 4–September 2, 1985, no catalogue.

Canberra. Australian National Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," March 1–April 27, 1986, unnumbered cat. (p. 45).

Brisbane. Queensland Art Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," May 7–July 1, 1986, unnumbered cat.

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. 118).

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. 123).

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. 123).

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. 8.

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

Santander. Fundación Marcelino Botín. "Paul Klee: Colección Berggruen," July 7–September 24, 2006, unnumbered cat. (p. 71).

Rome. Fondazione Memmo. "Paul Klee: La collezione Berggruen," October 11, 2006–January 7, 2007, no. 15.

Em[ile]. Langui. Collection Urvater. Exh. cat., Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo. Brussels, 1957, unpaginated, no. 59, ill.

J. L. "The Urvater Collection." Studio 156 (December 1958), ill. p. 176.

Max Huggler in Künstler Lexikon der Schweiz XX. Jahrhundert. Ed. Eduard Plüss. Vol. 1, A–Le Corbusier. Frauenfeld, 1961, p. 524.

Walter Ueberwasser. "Chiffrierte Weltgedanken bei Paul Klee." Die Kunst und das Schöne Heim 61 (August 1963), p. 551, fig. 1 (color).

Walter Ueberwasser. Klee. Exh. cat., Galerie Beyeler. Basel, 1963, p. 73, no. 15, ill. p. 17 (color).

Felix Klee. Paul Klee: 12 aquarelles. Paris, 1964, unpaginated, colorpl. 5.

Jean-Louis Ferrier. Paul Klee: Les années 20. Paris, 1971, ill. p. 95 and n. p. (color and bw).

Sara Lynn Henry. "Paul Klee, Nature, and Modern Science, the 1920s." PhD diss., University of California, Berkeley, 1976, p. 106.

Daniel Abadie. Paul Klee. [Paris], 1977, p. 169, ill. p. 49, as in a private collection, Paris.

Kay Vernon in 20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Exh. cat., Australian National Gallery. Canberra, 1986, p. 41, ill. p. 45 (color).

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. 118–19, 276, 317, ill. (color and bw).

Josef Helfenstein and Christian Rümelin, ed. Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné. Ed. Paul Klee Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. Vol. 3, 1919–1922. New York, 1999, pp. 236, 241, no. 2524, ill., as "Wunderbare Landung, oder '112!' (Miraculous Landing, or '112!')".



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