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An abstract landscape at night

An arrangement of rectangular shapes, clustered in two groups, one at left and one at center, are painted on water color on paper. Each cluster features a narrow light orange colored rectangle, from which larger rectangles extend outward in a subtle color gradation of light orange to dark green. Behind and above the clusters in a dark green sky is a black half moon shape at upper right, and a black square hovers like a star at upper left. A transparent black border surrounds the design. At lower left it is signed in black ink, “Klee 1922/73”. Below, on the card onto which the sheet is mounted on there are two inscriptions. At left in black ink and underlined, “1922 73” and at right, also in black ink, “Grün-orange Stufung”

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Paul Klee, Swiss (Münchenbuchsee near Bern, Switzerland 1879 - 1940 Muralto-Locarno, Switzerland)
Green-Orange Gradation with Black Half Moon
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Grün-orange Stufung mit dem schwarzen Halbmond
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Black ink and watercolor over graphite on white wove paper, mounted to off-white card
27.5 x 37.7 cm (10 13/16 x 14 13/16 in.)
mount: 34.8 x 47.1 cm (13 11/16 x 18 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: in black ink at l.r.: Klee 1922/73
  • inscription: l.l. of mount, black ink, handwritten, in artist's hand: 1922 73 (underlined)
  • inscription: l.r. of mount, black ink, handwritten, in artist's hand: Grün-orange Stufung


Recorded Ownership History
Provincial Museum, Hannover, , removed from the collection by the National Socialist (Nazi) authorities, August 17, 1937 (EK7125); Ferdinand Moeller. [Fine Arts Associates, New York, New York], sold; to Fogg Art Museum, 1951.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Association Fund
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Charles Werner Haxthausen, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1980), p. 110, repr.
  • Peter Nisbet and Emilie Norris, Busch-Reisinger Museum: History and Holdings, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1991), p. 69, ill.
  • Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997
  • Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 136
  • Laura Muir, Object Lessons: The Bauhaus and Harvard, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2021), p. 240, plate 6, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

  • From Werkbund to Bauhaus: Art and Design in Germany 1900-1934, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 05/12/1980 - 04/26/1980
  • Works from the 20th Century Collection of the Busch-Reisinger, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/15/1980 - 09/01/1980; Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 09/23/1980 - 10/24/1980
  • 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
  • Deutsche Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts aus dem Busch-Reisinger Museum, Stadtische Galerie im Stadelschen Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, 10/23/1982 - 01/16/1983; Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin 30, 02/10/1983 - 04/17/1983; Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, 05/08/1983 - 06/26/1983
  • Paul Klee, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/17/1993 - 06/13/1993
  • Visual Music, 1905-2005, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 02/13/2005 - 05/22/2005
  • HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 08 Rotation 3), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/20/2008 - 02/08/2009
  • HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 09 Rotation 3), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/13/2009 - 01/17/2010
  • 32Q: 1520 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Interwar and Bauhaus), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/07/2015 - 09/16/2015
  • The Bauhaus and Harvard, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/08/2019 - 07/28/2019

Subjects and Contexts

  • The Bauhaus

Verification Level

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