Sale: 432 / Modern Art I, June 11. 2016 in Munich Lot 334

 
Paul Klee - Ohne Titel


 
334
Paul Klee
Ohne Titel, 1922.
Pen and India ink drawing
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 24,000
Sold:
€ 20,750 / $ 24.900

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Ohne Titel. 1922.
Pen and India ink drawing.
Klee 3086. On slightly brownish paper, on creme laid paper. 22.2 x 14.6 cm (8.7 x 5.7 in). Backing laid paper: 24,5 x 17 cm (9,5 x 6,4 in).
Page from a guestbook. Signature and dedication mentioned in the catalog raisonné of the Klee Foundation are not visible any longer. It reads as follows: "Herrn Kirchhof zur Erinnerung an schöne Stunden am Rhein. Mai 1922. Klee".

PROVENANCE: Ellen M. Gorrissen, Zurich (until 1969).
Kornfeld und Klipstein, Bern, auction cat. Moderne Kunst, 12 June, 1969, cat. no. 651 (here with titlel "Erinnerungen an den Rhein"), with illu. p. 83.
Gallery Reiss-Cohen, New York (1969).
Collection Miriam and Ira D. Wallach, New York (1969-2013).

Essay
Calling reminiscence of the lithograph "Vogelkomödie" from 1918 in In terms of formal composition and image elements, this feather drawing is fully determined by the character of scurrile elements which play a prime role in both Paul Klee‘s oeuvre of graphics and drawings. Stick figure and bird-like creatures inhabit the sheet, which is document of the merry and easy mood Klee must have been in at this time. The thoroughly balanced composition can be seen in a series of events in which ships play a decisive role. Paul Klee told the story simple and playful adding a pinch of humor, its deeper meaning, however, presumably was only understood by insiders. To us, the detailed feather drawing simply is a document of a subtle creativity.
334
Paul Klee
Ohne Titel, 1922.
Pen and India ink drawing
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 24,000
Sold:
€ 20,750 / $ 24.900

(incl. 25% surcharge)