Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)
Watercolor and transferred printing ink on paper, bordered with gouache, mounted on cardboard
18 3/4 × 24 1/8 in. (47.6 × 61.3 cm)
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 912
Inscription: Signed (lower left): Klee; dated and inscribed on cardboard (lower center): 1922/45 Das Stuhltier; (lower left): S.Kl.
the artist (1922–d. 1940); his widow, Lily Klee, Bern (1940–46); Paul Klee Society, Bern (1946–47; sold in 1947 to Nierendorf); [Karl Nierendorf, New York, 1947; his estate, 1947–48; sold in 1948 to Guggenheim]; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1948–73; on long term loan to various U. S. institutions, 1954–61; sold on December 7, 1973 to Haftmann); [Roswitha Haftmann (Galerie Modern Art), Zürich, from 1973]; Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1974–87; his gift to MMA)
Munich. Hans Goltz. "Zehn Jahre neue Kunst in München. Erster Teil: Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Graphik," November–December 1922, no. 161 (listed as "unverkäuflich" [not for sale]).
Munich. Hans Goltz. "Paul Klee: 2. Gesamtausstellung 1920/1925," May–June 1925, no. 60 (lent by a private collection).
New York. Nierendorf Gallery. "A Comprehensive Exhibition of Works by Paul Klee from the Estate of the Artist," October 1947, no. 3.
New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Evolution to Non-Objectivity: An Exhibition Showing the Evolution in Painting from 1900 to 1952—Academism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Abstraction—to Non-Objectivity," opened April 29, 1952, brochure no. 106.
Art Gallery of Toronto. "A Loan Exhibition of Paintings from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York," April 2–May 9, 1954, no. 37 (as "Chair-Animal").
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. 155).
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. 157).
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. 157).
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. 31.
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. 19.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee's Line," March 18–July 9, 2000, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Creatures," December 12, 2003–March 14, 2004, no catalogue.
Will Grohmann. Paul Klee. New York, , p. 379.
Will Grohmann. Paul Klee: Drawings. New York, 1960, p. 15 [German ed., Cologne, 1959].
Christina Kröll. "Die Bildtitel Paul Klees: Eine Studie zur Beziehung von Bild und Sprache in der Kunst des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts." PhD diss., Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, 1968, p. 69.
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. 154–55, 280, 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. 3, 1919–1922. New York, 1999, pp. 376, 461, no. 2869, ill.