Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Movement of Vaulted Chambers

Artist:
Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)
Date:
1915
Medium:
Watercolor on paper mounted on cardboard
Dimensions:
9 1/4 × 11 1/8 in. (23.5 × 28.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.208.3
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (upper right): Klee; dated and inscribed on cardboard (lower left): 1915 53 Bewegung der Gewölbe
the artist (1915–d. 1940); his widow, Lily Klee, Bern (1940–46); Paul Klee Society, later Paul Klee Foundation, Bern (1946–49; sold in 1949 to Galerie Rosengart); [Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne, 1949; sold in 1949 to Heyligers]; Jan Heyligers, Amsterdam (1949); comte M. S. d'Arquian, Brussels (1949–59; sold in 1959 to Feilchenfeldt); [Walter Feilchenfeldt, Zürich, 1959–63; sold in 1963 to Berggruen]; Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1963–84; his gift to MMA)

Munich. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus. "Paul Klee: Das Frühwerk 1883–1922," December 12, 1979–March 2, 1980, no. 282 (lent by a private collection, Switzerland).

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

Canberra. Australian National Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," March 1–April 27, 1986, unnumbered cat. (p. 42).

Brisbane. Queensland Art Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," May 7–July 1, 1986, unnumbered cat.

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. 73).

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. 67).

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. 67).

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. 5.

Nagoya. Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art. "Paul Klee Retrospective," April 2–May 23, 1993, not in catalogue.

Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art. "Paul Klee Retrospective," June 1–July 25, 1993, not in catalogue.

Tokyo. Bunkamura Museum of Art. "Paul Klee Retrospective," July 31–September 21, 1993, not in 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's Best," May 24–September 22, 2002, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Abstract," September 5–December 7, 2003, no catalogue.

Santander. Fundación Marcelino Botín. "Paul Klee: Colección Berggruen," July 7–September 24, 2006, unnumbered cat. (p. 43).

Rome. Fondazione Memmo. "Paul Klee: La collezione Berggruen," October 11, 2006–January 7, 2007, no. 1.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee: Path to Abstraction," April 9–August 4, 2013, no catalogue.

Will Grohmann. Paul Klee. New York, [1954], pp. 149, 411, no. 96, ill. p. 388, cat. 31, as "Movement of Gothic Halls," in a private collection, Holland; remarks upon the influence of Delaunay in this work.

Felix Klee. Paul Klee par lui-même et par son fils Felix Klee. Ed. Bernard Gheerbrant. Enl. ed. (1st ed., German, 1960; 2nd ed., English, 1962). Paris, 1963, p. 95, ill. p. 35 (German ed., p. 194; English ed., p. 140), as "Bewegung der Gewölbe (Mouvement des voûtes)" in the Galerie Berggruen.

Will Grohmann. Paul Klee. New York, [1967], p. 76.

Magdalena Droste in Paul Klee: Das Frühwerk 1883–1922. Ed. Armin Zweite. Exh. cat., Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus. Munich, 1979, pp. 423–24, no. 282, ill., compares the curved shapes on the right in this picture to the archways depicted in Delaunay's series of paintings of the Gothic church of Saint-Séverin (1909–10).

Eva-Maria Triska. "Die Quadratbilder Paul Klees—ein Beitrag zur Analyse formaler Ausdrucksmittel in seinem Werk und seiner Theorie. Mit einem Exkurs zur Ableitung von Klees Farbenlehre." PhD diss., Universität Wien, 1980, p. 195 n. 60.

Christian Lenz in Delaunay und Deutschland. Ed. Peter-Klaus Schuster. Exh. cat., Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen/ Staatsgalerie moderne Kunst, Munich. Cologne, 1985, p. 235.

Kay Vernon in 20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Exh. cat., Australian National Gallery. Canberra, 1986, pp. 41–42, ill. (color).

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. 72–73, 272, 317, ill. (color and bw).

Alain Bonfand. Paul Klee, l'oeil en trop. Paris, 1988, vol. 1, p. 41.

Claude Frontisi. Klee. Anatomie d'Aphrodite. Le polyptyque démembré. Paris, 1990, p. 15.

Ulrich Bischoff. Paul Klee. Munich, 1992, p. 30, colorpl. 14.

Josef Helfenstein and Christian Rümelin, ed. Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné. Ed. Paul Klee Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. Vol. 2, 1913–1918. New York, 2000, p. 234, no. 1386, ill., as "Bewegung der Gewölbe (Movement of the Vaults)".

Will Grohmann. Der Maler Paul Klee. 4th ed. (1st ed., 1966). Cologne, 2003, p. 56 [German ed. of Ref. Grohmann 1967].

Otto Karl Werckmeister in The Klee Universe. Ed. Dieter Scholz and Christina Thomson. Exh. cat., Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin. Ostfildern, 2008, pp. 39–40, fig. 23 (color), as "Movement of the Vaults".



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