Black Columns in a Landscape

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

Date: 1919

Medium: Watercolor and ink on paper mounted on cardboard

Dimensions: 9 1/2 × 12 3/8 in. (24.1 × 31.4 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.455.1


In the spring of 1919, Klee rented a large studio in the Schloss Suresnes, a neglected eighteenth-century palace in Schwabing, Munich's artists' quarter. According to Klee's son Felix, Suresnes, its park, and the nearby Englischer Garten served as inspiration for this watercolor. It depicts Ionic columns, a large chestnut leaf, a thin black cross, a small red pavilion, and a boat on the River Isar, which flows through Munich.