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

Sommerschloss bei Beride

Paul Klee (1879-1940)
Sommerschloss bei Beride
signed 'Klee' (upper left); titled, dated and numbered 'Kl Sommerschloss bei Beride 1927 O.6' (on a detached piece of the mount)
brush and India ink on paper
9 x 12 in. (24.2 x 31.1 cm.)
Drawn in 1927
Galerie Heinz Berggruen, Paris
Burton and Emily Tremaine (acquired from the above in 1953); sale, Christie's, New York, 5 November 1991, lot 13
Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum, The Tremaine Collection: 20th Century Masters, The Spirit of Modernism, February-April 1984, p. 154 (illustrated).
Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum, Delaunay to de Kooning, Modern Masters from The Tremaine Collection and the Wadsworth Atheneum, May-September 1991.

Lot Essay

A photo-certificate from Dr. Josef Helfenstein and Stefan Frey dated Bern, 30 September 1991 accompanies this drawing, which is recorded as "56 (06)" in the artist's Oeuvre Catalogue.

Among Klee's finest drawings are his architectural constructions, in which he puts aside his customary anecdotal and improvisatory fantasy and takes a more structural and disciplined approach. Indeed, Klee's methods here display his interest in music, and form a linear adjunct to his "color polyphony" (see lot 577). The stepwise ascending and descending forms recall musical scales and passagework, and stem from Klee's love of musical calligraphy. "He wanted to take from his own art some of the delight he found in the graphics of musical composition." (A. Kagan, Paul Klee/Art & Music, Ithaca, New York, 1983, p. 119).

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