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North German City

Artist:
Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)
Date:
1930
Medium:
Gouache and watercolor on gesso on paper mounted on cardboard
Dimensions:
19 in. × 18 3/8 in. (48.3 × 46.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.455.18
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower left): Klee; dated and inscribed on cardboard (lower left): Cl. V/ 1930 C. 10; (lower right): Norddeutsche Stadt
the artist (1930–at least 1936; on consignment 1932–33 to the Galerie Neue Kunst Fides [Rudolf Probst], Dresden); Hans and Erika Meyer Benteli, Bern (until 1938; sold in July 1938, through the artist, for $100, to Buchholz); [Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York, 1938–ca. 1940; sold by 1940 to Speyer]; A. James and Dorothea Speyer, Pittsburgh and Chicago, (by 1940–at least 1973); [Harold Diamond, Inc., New York]; Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1977–87; his gift to MMA)

Kunsthalle Bern. "Paul Klee," February 23–March 24, 1935, no. 156 (as for sale, for SFr 700).

Kunsthalle Basel. "Paul Klee," October 27–November 24, 1935, no. 102 (as for sale, for SFr 700).

Kunstmuseum Lucerne. "Paul Klee, Fritz Huf," April 26–June 3, 1936, no. 119 (as for sale, for SFr 700).

New York. Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin). "Paul Klee," November 1–26, 1938, no. 28 (as "North German Town").

Des Moines Art Center. "Paul Klee. Paintings and Watercolors from the Bauhaus Years 1921–1931," September 18–October 28, 1973, no. 50 (lent by A. James Speyer, Chicago).

Cologne. Kunsthalle. "Paul Klee. Das Werk der Jahre 1919–1933. Gemälde, Handzeichnungen, Druckgraphik," April 11–June 4, 1979, no. 307 (lent by a private collection, Paris).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selection Two: Twentieth-Century Art," June 4–September 2, 1985, 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. 232).

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. 243).

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. 243).

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cityscapes by Klee and Feininger," September 25, 2002–January 26, 2003, no catalogue.

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: The Late Years," March 19–June 27, 2004, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Late Klee," October 18, 2012–March 31, 2013, no catalogue.

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

P. H. "Kunsthalle: Paul Klee—Hermann Haller." Berner Tagblatt 47 (March 7, 1935), p. 1.

Paul Klee. Exh. cat., Buchholz Gallery, New York. New York, 1940, unpaginated list of Klee works in American collections, listed as "North German Town," gouache, in the collection of Mr. A. J. Speyer, Pittsburgh.

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. 232–33, 286, 318, ill. (color and bw).

Ulrich Bischoff. Paul Klee. Munich, 1992, pp. 77–78, 173, colorpl. 63.

Wolfgang Kersten and Osamu Okuda. Paul Klee. Im Zeichen der Teilung. Exh. cat., Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Düsseldorf, 1995, p. 196, fig. 11.

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. 499, no. 5307, ill.



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