Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Drawing Knotted in the Manner of a Net

Artist:
Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)
Date:
1920
Medium:
Ink on paper mounted on cardboard
Dimensions:
12 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (31.1 x 19.1 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.315.20
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Klee; dated and inscribed on cardboard (lower left): 1920 98
the artist (1920–d. 1940); his widow, Lily Klee, Bern (1940–46); Paul Klee Society, later Paul Klee Foundation, Bern (1946–52; sold in 1952 to Rosengart); [Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne, 1952; sold in 1952, through John Rewald, to Vollmer]; Ruth Vollmer, New York (1952–d. 1982; her bequest to Museum of Modern Art); Museum of Modern Art, New York (1983; sold in 1983 to Hirschl & Adler); [Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 1983; sold in 1983 to Goodman]; [James Goodman Gallery, New York, 1983; sold in 1983 to Berggruen]; Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1983–84; his gift to MMA)

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. 114).

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. 115).

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. 115).

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. 17.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee's Line," March 18–July 9, 2000, no catalogue.

London. Hayward Gallery. "Paul Klee: The Nature of Creation," January 17–April 1, 2002, no. 16.

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

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. 114–15, 276, 317, ill. (color and bw), notes that it belongs to a group of five 1920 drawings "in which the black lines might be compared to yarn threads" [see also MMA 1984.315.21].

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. 209, no. 2443, ill.

Vivian Endicott Barnett. The Blue Four Collection at the Norton Simon Museum. [Pasadena], 2002, p. 279.



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