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Paul Klee (1879-1940)
Property from the Collection of Katharine and Morton G. Schamberg IMAGE of KATHARINE SCHMABERG TO ADD: barcode 23659391 The Katharine and Morton G. Schamberg Collection can be likened to a whirlwind, first-class trip around-the-world. The fact that this trip was taken beginning in the 1930's makes it all that more remarkable. Their collecting journey took them to places obvious, and less so: Juan Gris' Spain, Paul Klee's Switzerland, Yoshishige Saito's Japan and Zao Wou-Ki's China all came to inhabit the wonderful modern home outside Chicago; a repository for their vision. In 1924, when she was just 21 and newly graduated from Vassar College, Katharine Stein went to Paris for a year to cultivate her interest in art studying at the Sorbonne. A year after she returned to Chicago, in 1926, she married Morton G. Schamberg, a prominent member of the business community, with whom she would assemble a distinctly modern collection. Her years of art historical study were enhanced by her friendships, personal and professional, with curators and dealers including Katherine Kuh and Ted Shempp. Kay, as she was called, was a Trustee of the Board at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago since 1977 and was eventually made a Life Trustee. She went to the board meetings until well into her 90's. Kay passed away this year at 102 in her home surrounded by her beloved collection, a diverse yet complementary grouping. Christie's is pleased to offer the following works from the collection of the late Katharine and Morton G. Schamberg: lots 460-463.
Paul Klee (1879-1940)

Metamorphose der fragmente

Paul Klee (1879-1940)
Metamorphose der fragmente
dated, numbered and titled '1937 T10 Metamorphose der Fragmente' (on the artist's mount)
black Conté crayon on linen mounted at the edges by the artist on paper
Image size: 8 7/8 x 20 in. (22.2 x 51.7 cm.)
Mount size: 12½ x 23¾ in. (32 x 60 cm.)
Executed in 1937
Herman and Margit Rupf, Bern (until 1953).
Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne (1953).
Saidenberg Gallery, Inc., New York (1953-1954).
Acquired from the above by the late owner, 1954.
The Paul Klee Foundation, ed., Paul Klee, Catalogue Raisonné, Bern, 2003, vol. 7, p. 303, no. 7126 (illustrated).
New York, Saidenberg Gallery, Paul Klee, An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings commemorating the 75th Anniversary of his Birth, March-April 1954, no. 38 (illustrated).
Chicago, The Arts Club of Chicago, Paul Klee, Works from Chicago Collections, January-February 1962, no. 53 (illustrated).

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