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Artist:Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)
Medium:Gouache and graphite on paper, bordered with gouache, mounted on cardboard
Dimensions:18 3/4 × 11 3/8 in. (47.6 × 28.9 cm)
Credit Line:The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Klee; dated and inscribed on cardboard (lower center): 1922/53 Populäre Wandmalerei; (lower left): II
the artist (1922–d. 1940; his estate, Bern, from 1940); Rolf and Catherine E. Bürgi, Bern and Belp (until 1953; sold in 1953 to Galerie Rosengart); [Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne, 1953–60; sold in 1960 to Benador]; [Galerie Jacques Benador, Geneva, from 1960; sold in early 1960s to Wise]; James Wise, Geneva, New York, and Nice (early 1960s–at least 1964; sale, Kornfeld and Klipstein, Bern, May 27–29, 1964, no. 619, bought in); [Berggruen & Cie, Paris, in 1966]; private collection, Switzerland (until 1981; sale, Christie's, London, June 30, 1981, no. 131); Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1981–84; his gift to MMA)
Geneva. Galerie du Perron. "Paul Klee (1879–1940)," July 1960, no. 26.
Geneva. Galerie Georges Moos. "Paul Klee," July–August 1963, no. 8.
Geneva. Galerie du Perron. "Paul Klee," July 6–end August 1965, no. 3.
London. Brook Street Gallery. "Klee," June–September 1966, no. 8.
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. 156).
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. 159).
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. 159).
Mexico City. Centro Cultural Arte Contemporáneo. "Paul Klee: Selección de sesenta obras. The Berggruen Klee Collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 1989–January 1990, no. 32.
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. 20.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Figures," October 5, 2001–March 10, 2002, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Creatures," December 12, 2003–March 14, 2004, no catalogue.
Paris. Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Galerie 2. "Paul Klee. L'ironie à l'oeuvre," April 6–August 1, 2016, unnumbered cat. (p. 105).
Ottawa. National Gallery of Canada. "Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 16, 2018–March 17, 2019, no catalogue.
Mark Lawrence Rosenthal. "Paul Klee and the Arrow." PhD diss., University of Iowa, 1979, pp. 65–66, 82, fig. 50.
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. 156–57, 280, 318, ill. (color and bw).
Josef Helfenstein and Christian Rümelin, ed. Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné. Ed. Paul Klee Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. Vol. 3, 1919–1922. New York, 1999, p. 379, no. 2877, ill., as "Populäre Wandmalerei (Popular Mural Painting)".
Charles W. Haxthausen inPaul Klee. L'ironie à l'oeuvre. Ed. Angela Lampe. Exh. cat., Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Galerie 2. Paris, 2016, pp. 161, 302, ill. p. 105 (color).
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