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Stricken City

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

Date:
1936
Medium:
Gypsum and oil on canvas
Dimensions:
17 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. (45.1 x 35.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.358
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed, dated and inscribed (verso, upper stretcher): 1936. K 2. "betroffene Stadt" Klee

  • Provenance

    the artist, Bern (1936–d. 1940); his widow, Lily Klee, Bern (1940–42); Dr. Wilhelm Löffler, Zurich (1942–72); Peter Löffler, Zurich (1972–76); [Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, 1976]; Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1976–87; on loan to MMA, 1984–87; his gift to MMA)

  • Exhibition History

    Kunsthalle Bern. "Gedächtnisausstellung Paul Klee," November 9–December 8, 1940, no. 47 (as for sale, SFr 1,500).

    Kunsthaus Zürich. "Ausländische Kunst in Zürich," July 25–September 26, 1943, no. 581.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selection Two," June 4–September 2, 1985, no catalogue.

    Kunstmuseum Bern. "Paul Klee: Leben und Werk," September 25, 1987–January 3, 1988, no. 233.

    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. 251).

    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. 261).

    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. 261).

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Late Klee," December 6, 1996–April 13, 1997, no catalogue.

    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. "Klee Paintings," September 14, 1999–March 12, 2000, no catalogue.

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

    Basel. Fondation Beyeler. "Paul Klee—Die Erfüllung im Spätwerk (Paul Klee—Fulfillment in the Late Work)," August 10–November 9, 2003, no. 20.

    Sprengel Museum Hannover. "Paul Klee—Tod und Feuer. Die Erfüllung im Spätwerk (Paul Klee—Death and Fire. Fulfillment in the Late Work)," November 23, 2003–February 15, 2004, no. 20.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee: The Late Years," March 19–June 27, 2004, no catalogue.

    Berlin. Neue Nationalgalerie. "Das Universum Klee / The Klee Universe," October 31, 2008–February 8, 2009, unnumbered cat. (p. 321; as "Betroffene Stadt [Affected Town]").

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

  • References

    Carola Giedion Welcker. "Bildinhalte und Ausdrucksmittel bei Paul Klee." Werk 35 (March 1948), p. 85, ill.

    Carola Giedion Welcker. Paul Klee. New York, 1952, pp. 64, 103, 119, 143, colorpl. VII.

    Andrew Forge. Klee (1879–1940). Vol. 2, London, 1954, pp. 5, 18, colorpl. 8.

    Will Grohmann. Paul Klee. New York, [1954], p. 257.

    Gualtieri di San Lazzaro. Klee: A Study of His Life and Work. New York, 1957, p. 298, no. 114, ill. p. 275.

    Carola Giedion Welcker. Paul Klee in Selbstzeugnissen und Bilddokumenten. Reinbek bei Hamburg, 1961, pp. 125–26, ill.

    Jürg Spiller, ed. Paul Klee: The Thinking Eye. The Notebooks of Paul Klee. New York, 1961, pp. 242, 408 [German ed., Basel, 1956].

    Joachim Büchner. "Zu den Gemälden und Aquarellen von Paul Klee im Wallraf Richartz Museum." Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch 24 (1962), p. 371 n. 35.

    Christian Geelhaar. Paul Klee and the Bauhaus. Bath, 1973, p. 52.

    Sara Lynn Henry. "Paul Klee, Nature, and Modern Science, the 1920s." PhD. diss., University of California, Berkeley, 1976, p. 120, fig. 215.

    Andeheinz Mösser. Die Problem der Bewegung bei Paul Klee. PhD. diss., Heidelberg, 1976, p. 97 n. 14.

    Andeheinz Mösser. "Pfeile bei Paul Klee." Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch 39 (1977), p. 230 n. 18.

    K[athryn]. Porter Aichele. "Paul Klee's Operatic Themes and Variations." Art Bulletin 68 (September 1986), pp. 453–54, fig. 5.

    Gary Tinterow et al. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 8, Modern Europe. New York, 1987, p. 123, colorpl. 102.

    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. 250–51, 268–69, 288, 319, ill. (color and bw, recto and verso).

    John Russell. "Playful Images Rich in Riddles by Paul Klee at the Met." New York Times (May 6, 1988), p. C30.

    Ulrich Bischoff. Paul Klee. Munich, 1992, pp. 118, 173, colorpl. 78.

    Peter Klaus Schuster in Klee aus New York: Hauptwerke der Sammlung Berggruen im Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Sammlung Berggruen. Berlin, 1998, p. 14, fig. 5.

    Josef Helfenstein and Christian Rümelin, eds. Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné. Vol. 7, 1934–1938. Ed. Paul Klee Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. New York, 2003, p. 214, no. 6933, ill.

    Roland März in Picasso and His Time. Ed. Hans Jürgen Papies et al. 6th enl. ed. (1st ed., 1996). Berlin, 2013, p. 308, ill.

  • See also
484787

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