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The Last Adventure of the Knight Errant

Artist:
Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)
Date:
1922
Medium:
Ink on paper mounted on cardboard
Dimensions:
12 5/8 × 9 3/4 in. (32.1 × 24.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.315.34
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower center): Klee; dated (upper right): 1922 7/12; dated and inscribed on cardboard (lower center): 1922/86 Des irrenden Ritters letztes Abenteuer
the artist (1922–d. 1940); his widow, Lily Klee, Bern (1940–46); Paul Klee Society, later Paul Klee Foundation, Bern (1946–50; on consignment from July 1950 to Buchholz Gallery [Curt Valentin], New York); Victor Babin, Cleveland and Santa Fe (until d. 1972; his estate, 1972–79; sold in 1979 to Sabarsky); [Serge Sabarsky, New York, 1979]; Saul P. Steinberg, New York (from 1979); [Serge Sabarsky, New York, until 1981); Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1981–84; his gift to MMA)

Berlin. Kronprinzenpalais, Nationalgalerie. "Paul Klee," February 1923, no catalogue.

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. 165).

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. 167).

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. 167).

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. 35.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paul Klee: Figures and Faces," August 23–November 16, 1997, no catalogue.

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

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.

Will Grohmann. Paul Klee: Handzeichungen 1921–1930. Potsdam, 1934, p. 18, no. 15.

Christina Kröll. "Die Bildtitel Paul Klees: Eine Studie zur Beziehung von Bild und Sprache in der Kunst des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts." PhD diss., Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, 1968, p. 35.

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. 164–65, 281, 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. 414, no. 2910, ill., as "Des irrenden Ritters letztes Abenteuer (The Last Adventure of the Erring Knight)".



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