Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)
Watercolor and transferred printing ink on paper mounted on cardboard
15 5/8 × 22 3/8 in. (39.7 × 56.8 cm)
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (upper right): Klee; dated and inscribed on cardboard (lower center): 1921/26 Gelber Hafen +
the artist (1920–d. 1940); his widow, Lily Klee, Bern (1940–46); Paul Klee Society, later Paul Klee Foundation, Bern (1946–50; on consignment 1948–50 to Buchholz Gallery [Curt Valentin], New York, 1950, consignment no. 10870; sold by Buchholz in February 1950, for $1,200, to Rockefeller]; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York (1950–78; sold on May 16, 1978 to Diamond); [Harold Diamond, New York, 1978]; Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1978–84; his gift to MMA)
Rome. Fondazione Memmo. "Paul Klee: La collezione Berggruen," October 11, 2006–January 7, 2007, no. 18.
William S. Lieberman. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection: Masterpieces of Modern Art. Ed. Dorothy Canning Miller. New York, 1981, ill. p. 114 (color), as in a private collection, Switzerland.
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. 136–37, 278, 317, ill. (color and bw), notes that it was copied from an ink drawing in which the image is proportionately much larger (1920; collection Mr. and Mrs. Harvey R. Plonsker, Glencoe, Ill.; Helfenstein and Rümelin 1999, no. 2627).
Jonathan Fineberg inMit dem Auge des Kindes—Kinderzeichnung und moderner Kunst. Ed. Helmut Friedel and Josef Helfenstein. Exh. cat., Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus. Munich, 1995, pp. 110, 244, no. 4.41, ill. p. 113 (color).
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. 267, 271, no. 2617, ill.
Vivian Endicott Barnett. The Blue Four Collection at the Norton Simon Museum. [Pasadena], 2002, p. 282.