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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Willi Baumeister, German (Stuttgart, Germany 1889 - 1955 Stuttgart, Germany)
Saffron Green with Blue-Red
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Safer Grün mit Blau-Rot
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on composite board
46 x 36.1 cm (18 1/8 x 14 3/16 in.)
framed: 66 x 51 x 3.3 cm (26 x 20 1/16 x 1 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: in black crayon on backing board l.c.: Baumeister
  • inscription: t.c., black crayon, in artist's hand: Safar grün // mit Blau-Rot // 1955
  • inscription: c. on circular green label, blue ink: 24
  • label: l.c.: [Kleemann Galeries, NY label]
  • stamp: l.l., black ink: atelier // willi baumeister
The artist, [Kleemann Galleries, NYC], sold; to private collection, 1956, gift; to Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1956
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Beye/Baumeister 1894
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Anonymous Gift
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Will Grohmann, Willi Baumeister, exh. cat., Kleemann Galleries (New York, 1956), cat. no. 26, no. ill.

Charles L. Kuhn, German Expressionism and Abstract Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1957), cat. no. 97, b/w ill.

Will Grohmann, Willi Baumeister: Life and Work, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1966), p. 332, no. 1431

Peter Nisbet and Emilie Norris, Busch-Reisinger Museum: History and Holdings, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1991), p. 94, ill.

Peter Beye and Felicitas Baumeister, Willi Baumeister: Werkkatalog der Gemälde II, Hatje Cantz Verlag (Stuttgart, Germany, 2002), p. 748, cat. no. 1894, b/w ill.

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. 71

Lynette Roth, Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2018), pp.86-88, fig. 6, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Willi Baumeister, Kleemann Galleries, 02/01/1956 - 03/01/1956

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

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

German Painting 1760-1960: A New Installation, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 12/20/1983 - 02/19/1984

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/17/2017 - 01/07/2018

Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/09/2018 - 06/03/2018

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