PAUL KLEE (1879-1940)
PAUL KLEE (1879-1940)
PAUL KLEE (1879-1940)
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PAUL KLEE (1879-1940)

Ohne Titel

PAUL KLEE (1879-1940)
Ohne Titel
signed 'Klee' (upper left)
watercolour and pen and ink on paper
5 3/8 x 7 3/8 in. (13.7 x 18.7 cm.)
Executed circa 1918
Wilhelm Buller, Mühlheim & Duisburg, until circa 1955.
Hedwig Buller, Duisburg, until circa 1969.
Private collection, Milan, by 2000.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
C. Fontana, ed., Paul Klee, Preistoria del visible, Milan, 1996, no. 25, p. 213 (illustrated).
M.F. Popia, L'estetica musicale di Paul Klee, Genova, 1999, p. 194 (illustrated).
The Paul Klee Foundation, ed., Paul Klee, Catalogue raisonné, vol. II, 1913-1918, Bern, 2000, no. 2061, p. 529 (illustrated).
Dusseldorf, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Sammlung Wilhelm Buller, July - August 1955, no. 147, n.p. (titled 'Abstrakte Komposition').
Modena, Galleria Civica, Palazzina dei Giardini, I collezionisti/2. Una raccolta italiana, May - July 1993, no. 78, p. 131 (illustrated; illustrated again p. 17); this exhibition later travelled to Varese, Musei Civici, Villa Mirabello, September - October 1993.
Como, Pinacoteca Civica, Palazzo Volpi, Paul Klee, Opere su carta, April - July 1995, no. 4, p. 39 (illustrated p. 16).
Turin, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Paul Klee, October 2000 - January 2001, no. 66, p. 166 (illustrated pl. 66).
Milan, Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta, Paul Klee, Teatro magico, January - April 2007, no. 44, p. 186 (illustrated p. 118).
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Lot Essay

Towards the end of World War I, Paul Klee's work quickly matured, and his range of subject matter expanded and deepened philosophically. In 1918, the atmosphere of artistic and political revolution in Munich, Klee's pre-war travels in North Africa and his assimilation of Robert Delaunay's Orphist influence were all coming to fruition, particularly in his handling of colour and the transformation of his drawing and form. It was at the beginning of this year that Klee created the present work.

The delicately modulated colour and imaginative, energetic and meticulous draughtsmanship of Ohne Titel is a neat representation by the artist during this transitional and adventurous period of his oeuvre. It was Klee who famously said that drawing was just 'taking a line for a walk' and in this work he demonstrates this principle in the simplest way, contrasting the sharp graphic line against the soft washes of watercolour. Indeed, in the present work the artist seems to take line for a dance, for there is something of the pleasure of articulating movement evident in the lyrical expression of the curved interlocking lines. Klee's art is unique in the history of the twentieth century in that he was the only modern artist who allowed his work to roam freely between the organic and the geometric, the constructive and the intuitive, the figurative and the abstract and between the purely linear and the wholly chromatic. In Ohne Titel Klee moves effortlessly through these formations, creating a visual whole that is one of calm and balance.

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