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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Paul Klee, Swiss (Münchenbuchsee near Bern, Switzerland 1879 - 1940 Muralto-Locarno, Switzerland)
Immermann Street
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Immermannstrasse
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Gouache on paper on burlap
94.8 x 70.5 cm (37 5/16 x 27 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: Klee
  • label: crossbar at l.: Nierendorf Gallery / 18 East 57th Street New York City / Artist: PAUL KLEE / Title: IMMERMANNSTRASSE / No. 317
  • label: crossbar at c.: Buchholz Gallery / Curt Valentin / 32 East 57th Street, New York / TITLE & YEAR IMMERMANN STREET, 1939 / ARTIST PAUL KLEE / MEDIUM & SIZE GOUACHE & WATERCOLOER, 37 1/2 X 27 1/2 / NO. 5316
  • label: on crossbar, black ink: Coll. / Lois Orswell / Narragansett / R.I.
  • stamp: on each stretcher member, black ink: Schneider Farbwaren / Bern
  • stamp: on each stretcher member, black ink: 95 ; 70 (dimensions; from 1947 RISD exhibition (RISD Museum Bulletin)
  • label: on crossbar at l., ink, typewritten: 034.47.11 / Orswell
  • inscription: on stretcher at u.l., graphite: 13 Imer . . . [illeg.]
  • inscription: on stretcher at u.r., graphite: Immermannstr. [?]
  • inscription: on stretcher (u. crosspiece) at u.c., white chalk: 414-1
Paul Klee, consigned; to Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, 1939; to
Karl Nierendorf, Nierendorf, New York, 1939, sold to Lois Orswell by 1968, gift;
Lois Orswell, gift; to the Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1996.

NOTE: Karl Nierendorf was Klee's exclusive American dealer, per agreement with Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, his European representative. (Fontanella, "Unity in Diversity"
Karl Nierendorf and America, 1937–47, American Art Vol. 24, No.3 p.116)

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, The Lois Orswell Collection
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Marjorie B. Cohn and Sarah Kianovsky, Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), cat. no. 86, fig. 54, pp 112-113, 321, 373

Exhibition History

20th Century Abstract Painting and Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, 04/16/1947 - 05/18/1947

20th Century Art in New England, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Boston, 05/06/1948 - 06/30/1948

19th- and 20th-Century Paintings and Sculpture from the Museum's Collection, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 06/11/1980 - 08/31/1980

Klee and Kandinsky: Works from the Harvard Collection and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 11/21/1980 - 01/17/1981

20th-Century Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 09/07/1981 - 11/11/1981

19th- and 20th-Century Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 02/08/1982

Paul Klee, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/17/1993 - 06/13/1993

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions from the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Central and Northern Art and Design from 1880 to the Present, Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 04/19/2000 - 07/09/2000

Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/21/2002 - 02/16/2003

Subjects and Contexts

The Bauhaus

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