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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1963.131
People
Paul Klee, Swiss (Münchenbuchsee near Bern, Switzerland 1879 - 1940 Muralto-Locarno, Switzerland)
Title
Small Performance to a Barrel Organ
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Kleine Handlung zur Drehorgel
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1923
Culture
Swiss
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/296856
Physical Descriptions
Medium
watercolor and oil transfer drawing on laid paper, adhered to wove card
Dimensions
47 x 30.8 cm (18 1/2 x 12 1/8 in.)
mount: 59.4 x 45.8 cm (23 3/8 x 18 1/16 in.)
image within borders: 48.5 x 30.8 cm (19 1/8 x 12 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: in brown-black ink at c.l.: Klee
  • inscription: on mount, l.c., graphite, black ink: [in graphite:] X [followed immediately by inscription in black ink:] VII
  • inscription: l.c., brown-black ink, in artist's hand: 1923 154 Kleine Handlung zur Drehorgel
Provenance
[Alfred Flechtheim]. [Mayor Gallery, London]. [Kleeman Galleries, NY] (? - 1951) sold; to Alfred Jaretzki, Jr. (1951-1963) gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1963.

Note:
Correspondence from Alfred Jaretzki suggests that Kleeman Galleries owned the drawing jointly with Curt Valentin.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jaretzki, Jr.
Copyright
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Accession Year
1963
Object Number
1963.131
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
primary sheet was folded at one time, leaving a horizontal line extending from side to side of the image 10.5 cm from bottom of image
Exhibition History

Blue Four & German Expressionism, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, 03/10/1974 - 04/21/1974

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

Art of the Weimar Era, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 04/05/1982 - 05/22/1982

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

Subjects and Contexts

The Bauhaus

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