Paul Klee (German, 1879–1940)
Watercolor, transferred printing ink, pen, and ink on paper
9 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. (23.6 x 31.8 cm)
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984 (1984.315.23)
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
In 1918, Klee evoked the following image in his diary: "The storm on the wheat field was captivating; I'll paint a ship sailing on waves of rye." Klee never painted that picture, but this one seems just as miraculous. A boat of the type of Noah's Arkthe "112"is moored to a boathouse. The face of the girl in the left window is expressionless; her eyes are closed. Perhaps this "miraculous landing" exists only in her imagination.