Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)
Watercolor, gouache, and oil wash on paper, bordered with gouache and ink, mounted on cardboard
25 1/2 × 18 7/8 in. (64.8 × 47.9 cm)
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Klee; dated and inscribed on cardboard (lower left): V; (lower center): 1930 F.4 Doctor
the artist (1930–d. 1940); his widow, Lily Klee, Bern (1940–46); Paul Klee Society, later Paul Klee Foundation, Bern (1946–52); Hermann and Margrit Rupf, Bern (1952–55); [Berggruen et Cie, Paris, 1955; sold to Cramer]; Mr. and Mrs. Gérald Cramer, Geneva (1955–probably 1976; sold to Berggruen]; Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1976–84; on consignment to Fuji Gallery, Tokyo, 1981; his gift to MMA)
Paris. Berggruen et Cie. "L'Univers de Klee," May 17–July 9, 1955, unnumbered cat.
Tokyo. Fuji Television Gallery. "Exhibition of Paul Klee," October 23–November 21, 1981, no. 25.
Osaka. Gallery Kasahara. "Exhibition of Paul Klee," November 27–December 12, 1981, no catalogue.
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. 234).
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. 245).
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. 245).
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. 56.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paul Klee: Figures and Faces," August 23–November 16, 1997, no catalogue.
Dessau. Meisterhaus Kandinsky-Klee. "Wassily Kandinsky und Paul Klee. Eine Malerfreundschaft in Dessau," February 4–May 7, 2000, no. 13.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Figures," October 5, 2001–March 10, 2002, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Creatures," December 12, 2003–March 14, 2004, no catalogue.
Marcel Brion. Klee. Paris, 1955, pl. 41, lists it in a private collection.
Gérald Cramer. Oeuvres originales de peintres. Catalogue no. 10: Estampes, dessins, livres illustrés, sculptures. Geneva, 1956, p. 21, no. 74, ill., notes that it was previously in a private collection, Switzerland.
Haruo Arikawa inExhibition of Paul Klee. Exh. cat., Fuji Television Gallery. Tokyo, 1981, p. 71, no. 25, ill. p. 59, considers it a reworking of the 1910 painting "Nude Girl," (private collection, Switzerland; Helfenstein and Rümelin 1998, no. 587), which was still in Klee's collection when this watercolor was executed.
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. 234–35, 286, 318, ill. (color and bw).
Josef Helfenstein and Christian Rümelin, ed. Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné. Ed. Paul Klee Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. Vol. 5, 1927–1930. New York, 2001, p. 512, no. 5343, ill.