Paul Klee (1879-1940)
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Paul Klee (1879-1940)


Paul Klee (1879-1940)
signed 'Klee' (upper left); dated, numbered and titled '1919/257 Luftkampf' (on the artist's mount)
pencil on paper laid down on the artist's mount
Image: 11 x 8¾ in. (28 x 22 cm.)
Artist's mount: 15¾ x 14 3/8 in. (40 x 34 cm.)
Drawn in 1919
Anonymous sale, Kunstkabinett, Stuttgart, 3-4 May 1961, lot 241.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 22 October 1997, lot 27.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
R. Verdi, Klee and Nature, London, 1984 (illustrated p. 51).
Paul Klee Foundation (ed.), Paul Klee, Catalogue raisonné, vol. 3, 1919-1922, Bern, 1999, no. 2321 (illustrated p. 145).
Bonn, Landesmuseum, Paul Klee im Rheinland, March - June 2004, no. 10 (illustrated p. 71).
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Lot Essay

During the First World War, Paul Klee served first in the Reserve Flying Division in Schleissheim and later at the Royal Bavarian Flying School in Gersthofen. At the flying school he was able to avoid the front and could paint when he was off-duty, turning to aeroplanes and 'Luftkmpfe', or aerial battles, for inspiration, also in the year after the war ended when he fled the political chaos of Germany for Switzerland.

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