Paul Klee. Introducing the Miracle. 1916

Paul Klee

Introducing the Miracle


Gouache, pen, and ink on plastered fabric, mounted on board
11 1/2 x 9 3/8" (29.2 x 23.6 cm)
Gift of Allan Roos, M. D., and B. Mathieu Roos
Object number
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Paul Klee has 144 works online.
There are 2,309 paintings online.
This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
The artist; sold through Galerie Der Sturm, Berlin, to Sally Falk (1888-1962), Mannheim, 1917 [1]; sold to Rudolf Pfrunder, Zurich, January 6, 1919 [2]; sold to J.B. Neumann (1887-1961), Berlin, October 1919 [3]; acquired by Dora Benjamin as a birthday gift for Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), Berlin, 1920 [4]. [Possibly J.B. Neumann, New York, by 1937] [5]. Acquired by Allan (1906-1975) and Beatrice Roos, New York and San Francisco, by October 1940 [6]; given to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1962.
[1] Paul-Klee-Stiftung, Kunstmuseum Bern, eds. Paul Klee: catalogue raisonné. Bern: Benteli and New York: Thames and Hudson, vol. 2 (2000), no. 1651. Der Sturm gallery label on verso. Included in the exhibition Paul Klee and Georg Muche, February 1917 (no. 30). According to Roland Dorn et al., Stiftung und Sammlung Sally Falk, Mannheim: Städtische Kunsthalle, 1994, p. 166, no. 134, sold through Walden to Falk. On deposit from Falk at the Kunsthalle Mannheim since May 1918.
[2] Roland Dorn et al., Stiftung und Sammlung Sally Falk, Mannheim: Städtische Kunsthalle, 1994, p. 166, no. 134.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Paul Klee: catalogue raisonné, vol. 2 (2000), no. 1651. Christoph Gödde and Henri Lonitz, eds. Walter Benjamin: Gesammelte Briefe, vol. 2 (1919-1924), Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1995-2000, p. 93.
[5] Reproduced on the cover of the bound issue of Artlover, J.B. Neumann's Bilderhefte. Anthologie d'un marchand d'art, vol. III, published in 1937. Also reproduced in Robert Goldwater, Primitivism in Modern Painting, New York: Harper, 1938, p. 155: "Courtesy J.B. Neumann."
[6] Included in the exhibition Paul Klee, Buchholz Galleries-Willard Gallery, New York, October 9-November 2, 1940 (no. 6): "Collection: Mr. Allan Roos, New York."

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