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A painting in bright orange with muted shades of blue and gray with figures in dark colors.

The painting shows two human-like stick figures in the center, an arrow points from the figure on the left to the figure on the right. Stick-like figures of animals and symbols in dark colored lines form a border around the edges. The center of the painting surrounding the human like forms is brightly colored in orange with red highlighting. The edges are in muted tones of blue and gray.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Paul Klee, Swiss (Münchenbuchsee near Bern, Switzerland 1879 - 1940 Muralto-Locarno, Switzerland)
Hot Pursuit
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Heisse Jagd
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Colored paste and oil on paper on jute
48.3 x 64.8 cm (19 x 25 1/2 in.)
frame: 51.8 x 67.8 x 5 cm (20 3/8 x 26 11/16 x 1 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: u.r.: KLEE


Recorded Ownership History
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jaretzki, Jr., New York, New York, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1955.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jaretzki, Jr.
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Paul Klee, Paul Klee, exh. cat., Buchholz Gallery (New York, NY, 1948), n.p., cat. 33, ill. (b/w)
  • Charles Werner Haxthausen, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1980), p. 21, repr.
  • Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press, 1985). With an essay by John Coolidge and a preface by John M. Rosenfield. To accompany the inaugural exhibition at the Sackler Museum, Oct 21 1985 - Jan 5 1986, p. 65, fig. 57, color ill.
  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), p. 317, no. 380, ill. (color)
  • Ruth Erickson and Jeffrey De Blois, To Begin Again: Artists and Childhood, exh. cat., Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (Boston, 2022), pp. 47, 268, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

  • Paul Klee, Buchholz Gallery, 04/20/1948 - 05/15/1948
  • Paul Klee: A Loan Exhibition from American Collections, Brandeis University, 05/15/1960 - 06/15/1960
  • 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
  • German Art of the Twenties, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 02/26/1981 - 04/11/1981
  • 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
  • Modern Art at Harvard, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 07/31/1999 - 09/26/1999; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, 10/09/1999 - 11/14/1999; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, 12/02/1999 - 12/27/1999; Oita City Museum, Oita, 01/06/2000 - 02/06/2000; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki, 02/11/2000 - 03/26/2000
  • 32Q: 1310 Surrealism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/13/2016 - 04/07/2021
  • 32Q: 1520 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Interwar and Bauhaus), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/06/2015 - 07/07/2015; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/07/2015 - 09/16/2015
  • To Begin Again: Artists and Childhood, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 10/06/2022 - 02/26/2023

Subjects and Contexts

  • The Bauhaus

Verification Level

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