Paul Klee (1879 - 1940)

Lot 410: Paul Klee (1879-1940)

Christie's

November 9, 2006
New York, NY, US

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Description: Indiscretion
signed 'Klee' (upper right); signed again, dated, numbered and titled 'Klee 1935 N 13 Indiscretion' (on the reverse)
watercolor, pen and ink on canvas laid down by the artist on board
10 1/2 x 13 1/8 in. (26.7 x 33.2 cm.)
Executed in 1935
Artist or Maker: Paul Klee (1879-1940)
Exhibited: Kunsthalle Basel, Paul Klee, October-November 1935, no. 90.
New York, Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), Paul Klee, March-April 1938, no. 59.
Stockholm, Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet, Paul Klee, March 1949, no. 12.
London, The Tate Gallery; York, City Art Gallery, and Chicago, The Arts Club, Works by Paul Klee from the Collection of Mrs. Edward Hulton, May 1955-December 1956, no. 35.
Wuppertal, Kunst und Museumsverein; Rotterdam, Museum Boymans van Beuningen; Frankfurter Kunstverein; Munich, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, and Dortmund, Museum am Ostwall, Sammlung Sir Edward und Lady Hulton, London, 1964-1965, no. 102 (illustrated).
Kunsthaus Zurich, Sammlung Sir Edward und Lady Hulton, London, December 1967-January 1968, no. 103 (illustrated).
Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paul Klee, November 1969-February 1970, no. 115.
Munich, Haus der Kunst, Paul Klee, October 1970-January 1971, no. 186.
Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Klee: Kunst ist ein Schöpfungsgleichnis, September-November 1973, no. 66 (illustrated in color).
Literature: M.D., "Four Current Shows of German and Native Abstractionists," ArtNews, no. 28, vol. XXXVI, 9 April 1938, p. 15, no. 28.
D.-H. Kahnweiler, Klee, Paris, 1950 (illustrated in color).
N. Zaske, "Expressionismus und antifaschistische Kunst," Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, vol. 15, no. 4, 1966, p. 419 (illustrated).
M. Huggler, Paul Klee: Die Malerei als Blick in den Kosmos, Stuttgart, 1969, pp. 149 and 151.
The Paul Klee Foundation, ed., Paul Klee, Catalogue raisonné, Bern, 2003, vol. 7, p. 182, no. 6855 (illustrated).
Provenance: Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Paris (by 1935).
Lily Klee, Bern (1940).
Klee-Gesellschaft, Bern (acquired from the above by 1946).
Lady Nika Hulton, London (by 1955).
Galerie Beyeler, Basel (by 1973).
(possibly) Acquired from the above by the late owner, circa 1973.
Notes: Property from the Estate of Thomas T. Solley

Professor Walter Ueberwasser has written, "Klee has created a wizard's mixture of axis and counter-axis, ellipses and twisting spirals. Memory, wriggling and streaking, throwing up animals profiles and foxes tails, goes far beyond the weeping willows providing lovers hiding places in a Düsseldorf park. Not a single fraction of space unused. There is just a compact, fiery-red burgeoning merging into blue evening twilight. For once, Klee, so often wandering at a remote distance, allows himself to celebrate such concentration" (in Klee, The Later Works, exh. cat., Galerie Beyeler, Basel).
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