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Collection of Figurines

Artist:
Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)
Date:
1926
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
10 1/2 × 9 3/4 in. (26.7 × 24.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.315.47
Not on view
Inscription: Signed, dated and numbered (upper right): Klee 26 P8
the artist, Dessau (1926–28; on consignment in June 1928 to Scheyer); [Galka Scheyer, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Carmel, Calif., 1928–30; sold in 1930 to Furthman]; Jules Furthman, Los Angeles (1930–46; sold in February 1946 to Vigeveno); [James Vigeveno Galleries, Los Angeles, from 1946]; [Karl Nierendorf, New York, until d. 1947; his estate 1947–48; sold in 1948 to Guggenheim]; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1948–71; sold in November 1971 to Beyeler); [Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1971–72]; McCrory Corporation, New York (1972); [Ronald Feldman, New York, from 1972]; Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1974–84; his gift to MMA)

Hollywood. Braxton Gallery. "The Blue Four: Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, Paul Klee," May 1–15, 1930, no. 20 (listed as a watercolor).

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. 215).

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. 225).

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. 225).

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. 52.

Nagoya. Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art. "Paul Klee Retrospective," April 2–May 23, 1993, no. 152.

Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art. "Paul Klee Retrospective," June 1–July 25, 1993, no. 152.

Tokyo. Bunkamura Museum of Art. "Paul Klee Retrospective," July 31–September 21, 1993, no. 152.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Late Klee," December 6, 1996–April 13, 1997, 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. 34.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Paintings," September 14, 1999–March 12, 2000, no catalogue [on view until October 12, 1999].

Cologne. Museum Ludwig. "Kunstwelten im Dialog: von Gauguin zur globalen Gegenwart," November 5, 1999–March 19, 2000, no. 221.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Creatures," December 12, 2003–March 14, 2004, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee: The Late Years," March 19–June 27, 2004, no catalogue.

New York. Neue Galerie. "Klee and America," March 10–May 22, 2006, unnumbered cat. (pl. 49).

Washington. Phillips Collection. "Klee and America," June 16–September 10, 2006, unnumbered cat.

Houston. Menil Collection. "Klee and America," October 6, 2006–January 14, 2007, unnumbered cat.

Berlin. Neue Nationalgalerie. "Das Universum Klee / The Klee Universe," October 31, 2008–February 8, 2009, unnumbered cat. (p. 184).

Chestnut Hill. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College. "Paul Klee: Philosophical Vision; From Nature to Art," September 1–December 9, 2012, no. 13.

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. 214–15, 285, 318, ill. (color and bw).

Naomi Sawelson-Gorse in The Blue Four: Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, and Klee in the New World. Ed. Vivian Endicott Barnett and Josef Helfenstein. Exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Bern. Cologne, 1997, p. 55 n. 34, lists it as a watercolor sold by Scheyer to Jules Furthman, a Hollywood scriptwriter whom she met through Josef von Sternberg.

Marc Scheps in Kunstwelten im Dialog: von Gauguin zur globalen Gegenwart. Ed. Marc Scheps, Yilmaz Dziewior, and Barbara M. Thiemann. Exh. cat., Museum Ludwig. Cologne, 1999, pp. 86, 532, no. 221, colorpl. 128.

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. 510, no. 4207, ill.

Vivian Endicott Barnett in Klee and America. Ed. Josef Helfenstein and Elizabeth Hutton Turner. Exh. cat., Neue Galerie, New York. Houston, 2006, p. 39, lists it among 28 works that Scheyer received from Klee in June 1928 during her visit to Dessau.

Josef Helfenstein in Klee and America. Ed. Josef Helfenstein and Elizabeth Hutton Turner. Exh. cat., Neue Galerie, New York. Houston, 2006, p. 146.

Bradford Epley and Christa Haiml in Klee and America. Ed. Josef Helfenstein and Elizabeth Hutton Turner. Exh. cat., Neue Galerie, New York. Houston, 2006, p. 262 n. 18.

Osamu Okuda in Klee and America. Ed. Josef Helfenstein and Elizabeth Hutton Turner. Exh. cat., Neue Galerie, New York. Houston, 2006, p. 300, colorpl. 49.



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