Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Structural I

Artist:
Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)
Date:
1924
Medium:
Gouache on cardboard, bordered with ink, mounted on cardboard
Dimensions:
16 3/4 × 10 5/8 in. (42.5 × 27 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.315.38
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Klee; inscribed on cardboard mount (lower left): 1924 125; (lower right): "Structural I"
[Galerie Ernst Arnold (Ludwig Gutbier), Munich, by 1936–37; on consignment August 15, 1936 to Galerie Ferdinand Möller, Berlin; returned by Möller to Gutbier on May 7, 1937]; Theodor and Woty Werner, Berlin and Munich (from 1937); G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh (in 1960); Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1977–84; his gift to MMA)

Munich. Hans Goltz. "Paul Klee: 2. Gesamtausstellung 1920/1925," May–June 1925, no. 141.

Brunswick. Schlossmuseum. "Paul-Klee-Ausstellung," January 10–February 14, 1926, no. 112 (as for sale, Mk. 600).

Kunsthaus Zürich. "Ausstellung," April 11–May 5,1926, no. 80 (as for sale, SFr 750).

Wiesbaden. Neues Museum and Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden. "August-Ausstellung 1926," August 1926, no. 149.

Oldenburg. Elisabethstrasse 2. "Vereinigung für junge Kunst," October 6–26, 1926, no catalogue.

Dresden. Galerie Ernst Arnold. "Sonderausstellung von 100 Gemälde und Aquarellen von Paul Klee aus den Jahren 1908–1926," November 1926, no catalogue (unnumbered checklist).

Paris. Musée du Jeu de Paume. "Origines et développement de l'art international indépendant," July 30–October 31, 1937, no. 131 (as "Structural," lent by Mme Werner).

New York. World House Galleries. "Modern German Art," October 29–December 10, 1958, no. 55.

New York. World House Galleries. "Paul Klee," March 8–April 2, 1960, no. 16 (lent by Mr. G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh, Pa.).

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. 186).

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. 197).

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. 197).

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. 43.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Cities," June 22–September 5, 1999, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee's Line," March 18–July 9, 2000, no catalogue.

London. Hayward Gallery. "Paul Klee: The Nature of Creation," January 17–April 1, 2002, no. 42.

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.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee: His Years at the Bauhaus (1921–1931)," November 19, 2004–April 3, 2005, no catalogue.

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyons. "Le génie de l'Orient, l'Europe moderne et les arts de l'Islam," April 2–July 4, 2011, no. 210.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee: Path to Abstraction," April 9–August 4, 2013, no catalogue.

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. 186–87, 282, 318, ill. (color and bw), notes that it is one of twelve in a 1924 series of similar watercolors; comments on the resemblance to "the latticework of grated windows that Klee would have seen on his visit to Tunisia in 1914".

Josef Helfenstein and Christian Rümelin, ed. Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné. Ed. Paul Klee Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. Vol. 4, 1923–1926. New York, 2000, p. 219, no. 3493, ill.

Rémi Labrusse. Islamophilies: L'Europe moderne et les arts de l'Islam. Exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyons. Paris, 2011, pp. 292–93, 393, no. 210, ill. pp. 286 (color detail), 309 (color).



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