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Paul Klee. The Angler (Der Angler). 1921

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The Angler (Der Angler)

Paul Klee (German, born Switzerland. 1879–1940)

Oil transfer drawing, watercolor and ink on paper with watercolor and ink borders on board
19 7/8 x 12 1/2" (50.5 x 31.8 cm)
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John S. Newberry Collection
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Acquired from the artist by the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 1923 [1]; removed as “degenerate art” by the Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, 1937 [2]; on consignment to Karl Buchholz, Berlin, 1939; to Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York; sold to John S. Newberry, Grosse Pointe, by 1940 [3]; acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1961 (John S. Newberry Collection).
[1] Paul-Klee-Stiftung, Kunstmuseum Bern, eds. Paul Klee: catalogue raisonné. Bern: Benteli and New York: Thames and Hudson, vol. 3 (1999), no. 2731. One of four works the Nationalgalerie acquired from the artist for 40 million M during the inflation of 1923 (see Annegret Janda and Jörn Grabowski, eds., Kunst in Deutschland 1905-1937: Die verlorene Sammlung der Nationalgalerie im ehemaligen Kronprinzenpalais, exh. cat. Berlin: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 1992, no. 227). Included in the exhibition Paul Klee, Nationalgalerie, Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin, February 1923. On view at the Kronprinzenpalais of the Nationalgalerie, Berlin until 1933 (ibid.).
[2] EK no. 16308: Der Angler. Included in the exhibition Degenerate Art, Hofgarten-Arkaden, Munich, July 19-November 30, 1937 and other venues (Berlin, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Salzburg). See Charles Werner Haxthausen, "A 'Degenerate' Abroad: Klee's Reception in America, 1937-1940," Josef Helfenstein and Elizabeth Hutton Turner, eds., Klee and America, exh. cat. New York: Neue Galerie, 2006, pp. 159-162.
[3] Lender to the memorial exhibition Paul Klee, October 9-November 2, 1940, Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin) and Willard Gallery, New York (no. 13).

Der Angler (in blau)
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