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Paul Klee. Portrait of an Equilibrist. 1927

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Portrait of an Equilibrist

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

Date:
1927
Medium:
Oil and collage on cardboard over wood with painted plaster border
Dimensions:
24 7/8 x 15 3/4" (63.2 x 40 cm)
Credit Line:
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
MoMA Number:
195.1966

Collection work meeting criteria specified in Introduction.

On consignment from the artist to Rudolf Probst, Galerie Neue Kunst Fides, Dresden, 1927 [1]; on consignment from the artist to Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin, February 1928 [2]; [Erich Raemisch, Krefeld, 1929] [3]; on loan to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1930 [4]; on consignment from the artist to Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (Galerie Simon), Paris, by 1934 [5]; to Mayor Gallery, London, by 1934 [6]; sold to Roland Penrose (1900-1984), London/Muddles Green, May 1935 [7]; sold to G. David Thompson (1899-1965), Pittsburgh [8]; acquired by The Museum of Modern Art through Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, March 23-24, 1966 (Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund) [9].

[1] Paul-Klee-Stiftung, Kunstmuseum Bern, eds. Paul Klee: catalogue raisonné. Bern: Benteli and New York: Thames and Hudson, vol. 5 (2001), no. 4226.
[2] Ibid. See Stefan Frey and Wolfgang Kersten, "Paul Klees geschäftliche Verbindung zur Galerie Alfred Flechtheim," Alfred Flechtheim: Sammler. Kunsthändler. Verleger, ed. by Hans Albert Peters, exh. cat. Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, 1987, p. 79. Included in the following exhibitions: Paul Klee, Galerie Flechtheim, Berlin, March 18-Easter 1928, no. 23 (Artistenbildnis); Paul Klee, Galerie Flechtheim, Berlin, October 20-November 15, 1929 (no. 80); Paul Klee, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf in cooperation with Galerie Flechtheim, June 14-July 6, 1931 (no. 45).
[3] Paul Klee: catalogue raisonné, vol. 5 (2001), no. 4226.
[4] Included in the exhibition Paul Klee, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 13-April 2, 1930 (no. 24). The catalogue notes on p. 13: "Unless otherwise indicated the paintings belong to the artist and are exhibited by arrangement with his representatives [Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin and J.B. Neumann, New York]."
[5] Paul Klee: catalogue raisonné, vol. 5 (2001), no. 4226.
[6] Label on verso with Mayor gallery number "MG 1613." Included in the exhibitions 20th Century Classics, The Mayor Gallery, London, February-March 1934 (Paul Klee, Portrait d'artiste); Paul Klee, The Mayor Gallery London, June 1935.
[7] Paul Klee: catalogue raisonné, vol. 5 (2001), no. 4226. On loan from Penrose to the exhibition Paul Klee: 1879-1940, National Gallery, London, December 1945-February 1946 (no. 132).
[8] Date of acquisition unknown.
[9] The Collection of Twentieth Century Paintings and Sculptures Formed by the Late G. David Thompson of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, March 23-24, 1966 (no. 40).

Artistenbildnis – Portrait of an artist
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Portrait of an Artist

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