Paul Klee (German, 18791940)
Watercolor, pen, and ink on paper; 8 x 10 3/8 in. (20.4 x 26.3 cm)
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987 (1987.455.1)
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild–Kunst, Bonn
In the spring of 1919, Klee rented a large studio in the Schloss Suresnes, a neglected eighteenth-century palace in Schwabing, Munich's artists' quarter. According to Klee's son Felix, Suresnes, its park, and the nearby Englischer Garten served as inspiration for this watercolor. It depicts Ionic columns, a large chestnut leaf, a thin black cross, a small red pavilion, and a boat on the River Isar, which flows through Munich.