Paul Klee (1879-1940)

Lot 455: Paul Klee (1879-1940)

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Description: Kleine Landschaft mit aussichts Signal dated and numbered '1918 50' (on the mount) watercolor on paper laid down by the artist on board Sheet size: 4 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (10.6 x 13 cm.) Mount size: 91/2 x 12 1/8 in. (23.5 x 30.8 cm.) Painted in 1918 PROVENANCE Galerie Neue Kuntz (Hans Goltz), Munich (acquired from the artist, 1920). Albrecht Haselbach, Munich (1920-1973). Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1973. LITERATURE The Paul Klee Foundation, ed., Paul Klee: Catalogue raisonn‚, Bern, 2000, vol. 2, p. 451, no. 1897 (illustrated). EXHIBITION Hannover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, November 1919-January 1920, no. 61. Munich, St„dtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Paul Klee, Das Frhwerk 1883-1922, December 1979-March 1980, no. 341 (illustrated). NOTES In a letter dated 22 August 1976, Felix Klee, the son of artist, describes the present work as follows: "Klee has done this very beautiful and small watercolor during his garrison time at the flying school V in Gersthofen close to Augsburg. In the letters to his wife Lily Klee he describes in a very humorous way the circumstances in which he painted most of the time at Gersthofen. The lookout is a triangulated point which can be found on almost every mountain top in the Alps. As a German soldier he was captivated by a certain kind of nostalgia when placing signals in the center of his colorful fantasy landscape, remembering his hikes in the Swiss mountains.".
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