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Classical Grotesque

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

Date:
1923
Medium:
Watercolor and transferred printing ink on paper mounted on cardboard
Dimensions:
9 x 11 in. (22.9 x 27.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.315.37
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed (lower right): Klee; dated and inscribed on cardboard (lower left): 1923 149 I; (lower right): Klassische Groteske

  • Exhibition History

    Munich. Hans Goltz. "Paul Klee: 2. Gesamtausstellung 1920/ 1925," May–June 1925, no. 104.

    Kunsthalle Bern. "Der grosse Bär, Paul Klee, Paul Eichenberger, Dora Lauterburg, G. Lüscher, Robert Schmitz," November 8–29, 1925, no. 95.

    Frankfurt. Städelsche Kunstinstitut. "Vom Abbild zum Sinnbild," June 3–July 3, 1931, no. 349.

    Arts Club of Chicago. "Paul Klee. Works from Chicago Collections," January 16–February 20, 1962, no. 28 (as "Classic Grotesque," 1928, lent by Mr. and Mrs. John L. Strauss).

    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. 182).

    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.

    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. 189).

    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. 42.

    Haus der Kunst Munich. "Elan vital oder Das Auge des Eros," May 20–August 14, 1994, no. 334.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paul Klee: Figures and Faces," August 23–November 16, 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. 27.

    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 Figures," October 5, 2001–March 10, 2002, no catalogue.

    Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. "Grotesk! 130 Jahre Kunst der Frechheit," March 27–June 9, 2003, no. 33.

    Haus der Kunst Munich. "Grotesk! 130 Jahre Kunst der Frechheit," June 27–September 14, 2003, no. 33.

    New York. Neue Galerie. "Comic Grotesque: Wit and Mockery in German Art, 1870–1940," October 15, 2004–February 14, 2005, no. 29.

  • References

    Will Grohmann. "Paul Klee 1923/24." Der Cicerone 16, no. 17 (1924), p. 792, ill. p. 790.

    Hans Friedrich Geist. Paul Klee. Hamburg, 1948, p. 30.

    Annegret Janda. "Paul Klee und die Nationalgalerie 1919–1937." Paul Klee. Vorträge der wissenschaftlichen Konferenz in Dresden, 19. und 20. Dezember 1984. Berlin, 1986, p. 51.

    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. 182–83, 282, 318, ill. (color and bw).

    Hans Michael Herzog in Die Sammlung Sofie und Emanuel Fohn: Eine Dokumentation. Ed. Carla Schulz Hoffmann. Munich, 1990, p. 176, no. 53.

    Ulrich Bischoff. Paul Klee. Munich, 1992, pp. 39, 63–64, 172–73, colorpl. 26.

    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. 111, no. 3243, ill.

    Christine Hopfengart. "Klee an den deutschen 'Museen der Gegenwart', 1916–1933." Paul Klee: Kunst und Karriere. Beiträge des Internationalen Symposiums in Bern. Eds. Oskar Bätschmann and Josef Helfenstein. Bern, 2000, p. 90.

    Pamela Kort in Grotesk! 130 Jahre Kunst der Frechheit. Ed. Pamela Kort. Exh. cat., Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. Munich, 2003, pp. 20, 289, no. 33, ill. p. 60 (color).

    Pamela Kort in Comic Grotesque: Wit and Mockery in German Art, 1870–1940. Ed. Pamela Kort. Exh. cat., Neue Galerie. New York, 2004, pp. 23, 218, no. 29, ill. p. 69 (color).

  • See also
483155

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