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Still Life

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

Date:
1927
Medium:
Oil on gypsum construction
Dimensions:
18 7/8 x 25 1/4 in. (47.9 x 64.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.315.49
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed, dated and numbered (upper center): Klee 1927 K8

  • Exhibition History

    Hollywood. Braxton Gallery. "The Blue Four: Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, Paul Klee," May 1–15, 1930, no. 3.

    San Francisco. California Palace of the Legion of Honor. "The Blue Four: Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, Paul Klee," April 23–May 8, 1931, no. 30 (lent by Marjorie Eaton).

    Oakland Art Gallery. "The Blue Four: Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, Paul Klee," August–September 14, 1931, no. 7 (lent by Miss Marjorie Eaton).

    Arts Club of Chicago. "The Blue Four: Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, Paul Klee," April 1–15, 1932, no. 127 (lent by M. Eaton).

    Hollywood Gallery of Modern Art. "Paul Klee," July 31–August 1935, no catalogue.

    Oakland Art Gallery. "Paul Klee," September 1–29, 1935, no catalogue.

    San Francisco Museum of Art. "Contemporary Art. Paintings, Watercolors and Sculpture Owned in the San Francisco Bay Region," January 18–February 5, 1940, no. 160 (lent by Mrs. Adolph Mack, San Francisco).

    San Francisco Museum of Art. "Paul Klee: Memorial Exhibition," April 14–May 5, 1941 (lent by Mrs. Adolph Mack) [ill. on cover of addenda to the exhibition of The Museum of Modern Art].

    Los Angeles. Stendahl Art Galleries. "Paul Klee: Memorial Exhibition," May 8–18, 1941 (lent by Mrs. Adolph Mack) [ill. on cover of addenda to the exhibition of The Museum of Modern Art].

    Paris. Berggruen et Cie. "Paul Klee. Les années 20," May–July 1971, no. 55 (as "Stilleben [Töpfe, Frucht, Osterei, Gardinen] (Nature Morte [Pots, Fruits, Œuf de Pâques, Rideaux])").

    Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Paul Klee," February 12–May 5, 1987, unnumbered cat. (p. 230; as "Still Life [Jars, Fruit, Easter Egg, and Curtains]").

    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. 216).

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

    Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Objects of Desire: The Modern Still Life," May 25–August 26, 1997, unnumbered cat. (pl. 76; as "Still Life [Jars, Fruit, Easter Egg, and Curtains]").

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Paintings," September 14, 1999–March 12, 2000, no catalogue.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee's Best," May 24–September 22, 2002, no catalogue.

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

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee: His Years at the Bauhaus (1921–1931)," November 19, 2004–April 3, 2005, no catalogue.

    Washington. The Phillips Collection. "Klee and America," June 16–September 10, 2006, unnumbered cat. (pl. 51; as "Stilleben [Töpfe, Frucht, Osterei, Gardinen, Etc.] (Still Life [Pots, Fruit, Easter Egg, Curtains, Etc.])").

    Houston. Menil Collection. "Klee and America," October 6, 2006–January 14, 2007, unnumbered cat.

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

  • References

    Jean Louis Ferrier. Paul Klee: Les années 20. Paris, 1971, ill. pp. 86–87 and n.p. (color and bw).

    Christian Geelhaar. Paul Klee and the Bauhaus. Bath, 1973, pp. 107–8, 171, colorpl. 73.

    Alain Bonfand. Paul Klee, l'oeil en trop. Paris, 1988, vol. 1, pp. 54, 120; vol. 2, colorpl. 16.

    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. 216–17, 285, 318, ill. (color and bw).

    Peter Vergo. The Thyssen Bornemisza Collection: Twentieth century German Painting. London, 1992, pp. 225, 229, fig. 2.

    Alain Bonfand. Paul Klee: Le geste en sursis. [Paris], 1995, pp. 35–36, 92 n. 29.

    Young Jou Kang. "La Problématique du signe dans les oeuvres de Paul Klee." PhD. diss., Université Panthéon Sorbonne, 1995, pp. 221, 224, 226–27, 242–44, 250, pl. 109.

    Wolfgang Kersten and Osamu Okuda. Paul Klee. Im Zeichen der Teilung. Exh. cat., Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf, 1995, p. 189.

    Margit Rowell. Objects of Desire: The Modern Still Life. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1997, pp. 139, 222, colorpl. 76.

    Naomi Sawelson Gorse in The Blue Four: Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, and Klee in the New World. Eds. Vivian Endicott Barnett and Josef Helfenstein. Exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Bern. Cologne, 1997, p. 54.

    Josef Helfenstein and Christian Rümelin, eds. Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné. Vol. 5, 1927–1930. Ed. Paul Klee Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. New York, 2001, pp. 42, 56, no. 4231, ill. (bw and color).

    Henriette Mentha in Paul Klee: The Year 1927. Bern, [2002], pp. 90–91, ill. (color).

    Bradford Epley and Christa Haiml in Klee and America. Eds. Josef Helfenstein and Elizabeth Hutton Turner. Exh. cat., Neue Galerie, New York. Houston, 2006, pp. 258, 260.

    Charles W. Haxthausen in Klee and America. Eds. Josef Helfenstein and Elizabeth Hutton Turner. Exh. cat., Neue Galerie, New York. Houston, 2006, p. 165.

    Osamu Okuda in Klee and America. Eds. Josef Helfenstein and Elizabeth Hutton Turner. Exh. cat., Neue Galerie, New York. Houston, 2006, p. 300, colorpl. 51.

  • See also
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