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Paul Klee. The Angler (Der Angler). 1921
Paul Klee

The Angler (Der Angler)

1921
Not on view
Medium
Oil transfer drawing, watercolor and ink on paper with watercolor and ink borders on board
Dimensions
19 7/8 x 12 1/2" (50.5 x 31.8 cm)
Credit
John S. Newberry Collection
Object number
64.1961
Copyright
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

In Der Angler (The Angler) a network of lines depicts a fisherman: jagged marks describe his face, and curving, parallel lines form his body, from which the fishing pole and line appear to sprout. Klee said of his drawn line, “It goes out for a walk, so to speak, aimlessly for the sake of the walk.”

Gallery label from On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, November 21, 2010-February 7, 2011
Provenance information
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).

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