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Episode at Kairouan

Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)

Date:
1920
Medium:
Watercolor and transferred printing ink on paper mounted on cardboard
Dimensions:
6 7/8 x 10 7/8 in. (17.5 x 27.6 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.315.17
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed (lower left): Klee; dated and inscribed on cardboard (lower left): 1920/35 Scene aus Kairuan

  • Provenance

    the artist, Munich (1920; gift in spring 1920 to Werefkin); Marianne Werefkin, Ascona (from 1920); André Breton, Paris (probably until 1928); his former wife, Simone Breton, later Collinet, Paris; Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1981–84; his gift to MMA)

  • Exhibition History

    Munich. Galerie Neue Kunst Hans Goltz. "Paul Klee," May–June 1920, no. 248.

    Paris. Musée National d'Art Moderne. "Paul Klee," November 25, 1969–February 16, 1970, no. 38.

    Canberra. Australian National Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," March 1–April 27, 1986, unnumbered cat. (p. 45).

    Brisbane. Queensland Art Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," May 7–July 1, 1986, unnumbered cat.

    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. 106).

    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. 107).

    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. 107).

    Mexico City. Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo. "Paul Klee: Selección de sesenta obras. The Berggruen Klee Collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 1989–January 1990, no. 15.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Landscapes," November 20, 1997–February 8, 1998, no catalogue.

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

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes by Klee and Kiefer," January 19–September 30, 2001, no catalogue.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee the Voyager," February 4–May 4, 2003, no catalogue.

    Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon. "Le génie de l'Orient, l'Europe moderne et les arts de l'Islam," April 2–July 4, 2011, no. 206 (as "Scène à Kairouan").

  • References

    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. 106–9, 275, 317, ill. (color and bw).

    Josef Helfenstein and Christian Rümelin, eds. Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné. Vol. 3, 1919–1922. Ed. Paul Klee Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. New York, 1999, p. 164, no. 2380, ill.

    Josef Helfenstein and Christian Rümelin, eds. Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné. Vol. 2, 1913–1918. Ed. Paul Klee Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. New York, 2000, p. 128, under no. 1138.

    Josef Helfenstein and Christian Rümelin, eds. Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné. Vol. 4, 1923–1926. Ed. Paul Klee Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. New York, 2000, p. 54, under no. 3146.

    Josef Helfenstein and Christian Rümelin, eds. Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné. Vol. 6, 1931–1933. Ed. Paul Klee Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. New York, 2002, p. 49, under no. 5433.

    Rémi Labrusse. Islamophilies: L'Europe moderne et les arts de l'Islam. Exh. cat., Musée des Beaux Arts, Lyons. Paris, 2011, pp. 292, 393, no. 206, ill. p. 308 (color).

    Katja Förster and Stefan Frey, eds. "In inniger Freundschaft": Alexej Jawlensky, Paul und Lily Klee, Marianne Werefkin. Der Briefwechsel. Zurich, 2013, pp. 262, 284, 296 n. 4, ill. (color).

  • See also
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