Paul Klee. Actor's Mask. 1924

Paul Klee

Actor's Mask

1924

Medium
Oil on canvas mounted on board
Dimensions
14 1/2 x 13 3/8" (36.7 x 33.8 cm)
Credit
The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection
Object number
616.1967
Copyright
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in a Collection Gallery, with 10 other works online.
Paul Klee has 144 works online.
There are 2,371 paintings online.
This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
On consignment from the artist to Rudolf Probst, Galerie Neue Kunst Fides, Dresden, 1928 [1]; on consignment from the artist to Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin, February 1928 [2]; on loan to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1930 [3]; sold through J. B. Neumann, New York to Sidney Janis (1896-1989), New York, 1931 [4]; given to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1967.

[1] Paul-Klee-Stiftung, Kunstmuseum Bern, eds. Paul Klee: catalogue raisonné. Bern: Benteli and New York: Thames and Hudson, vol. 4 (2000), no. 3624.
[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 exhibition Paul Klee, Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin, October 20-November 15, 1929 (no. 54: Schauspielermaske).
[3] ] Included in the exhibition Paul Klee, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 13-April 2, 1930 (no. 12). 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]."
[4] The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, January 17-March 4, 1968, p. 17.

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