Collection of Sir Rex de C. Nan Kivell, Sotheby's, London, October 4, 1977, lot 97.
Alice Adam Ltd., Chicago.
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1977.
Although he is known mainly as a draftsman and painter, Paul Klee's first major work was actually an etching. The Inventions, of which the next two lots form a part, were the result of years of rigorous study both of anatomy and major works of art, and especially the study of the printmaking of Francisco Goya. The Inventions are challenging in their imagery and in their content.
The Chicago Art Institute, Graphic Modernism: Selections from the Francey and Dr. Martin L. Gecht Collection, November 15, 2003-January 11, 2004, p. 69, no. 58 (illustrated in color).
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