Paul Klee. Destruction and Hope (Zerstörung und Hoffnung). 1916

Paul Klee

Destruction and Hope (Zerstörung und Hoffnung)


Lithograph with watercolor and pencil additions
composition: 18 3/8 x 13 1/16" (46.7 x 33.1 cm); sheet (irreg.): 23 3/8 x 17 15/16" (59.4 x 45.5 cm)
Hans Goltz, Munich
60 (including 15 on "Japan" and 45 on Van Gelder Zonen and Stratford papers [this ex.]); plus several proofs before and outside the edition and 1 known state proof
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Hans Goltz, Munich; Staatliche graphische Sammlungen, Munich, 1918 [1]; removed as “degenerate art” by the Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, 1937 [2]; on consignment to Karl Buchholz, Berlin; to Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York; acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1941.
[1] Stamp "K. B. GRAPHISCHE SAMMLUNG" on verso, center sheet, brown ink. Inventory no. 320.
[2] EK no. 15656: Zerstörung und Hoffnung

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