About This Artwork

Paul Klee
German, born Switzerland, 1879–1940

Dancing Girl, 1940

Oil on cloth
21 x 20 7/8 in. (53.3 x 51.2 cm)
signed, l.r.: "P K"

Gift of George B. Young, 1959.172

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Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

New York, Buchholz Gallery, Paul Klee, April 20-May 15, 1948, cat. 39 (ill.).

New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery, Pictures Collected by Yale Alumni, May 8-June 18, 1956, cat. 166 (ill.).

Chicago, Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Tenth Anniversary Loan Exhibition: Paintings and Sculpture Purchased from this Gallery by Residents of the Chicago Area, October 1-17, 1959.

Chicago, Arts Club, Paul Klee, Works from Chicago Collections, January 16-February 20, 1962, cat. 64 (ill.), back cover (ill.).

Publication History

Valentin, Curt, Paul Klee, exh. cat. (New York: Buchholz Gallery, 1948), cat. 39 (ill.).

Giedion-Welcker, Carola, Paul Klee, trans. Alexander Gode (New York: Viking Press, 1952), p. 136 (ill.).

___, Paul Klee (Stuttgart: G. Hatje, 1954), pp. 181, pl. 166 (ill.), 192.

Grohmann, Will, Paul Klee (Geneva: Trois collines, 1954), pp. 307 (ill.), 423, cat. 482.

___, Paul Klee (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1954), pp. 307 (ill.), 421, cat. 469.

Frankfurter, Alfred, “Y Art,” Art News 55, 3 (May 1956), p. 22 (ill.).

Yale University Art Gallery, Pictures Collected by Yale Alumni, exh. cat. (New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1956), cat. 166 (ill.).

Art Institute of Chicago Annual Report 53, 3 (October 1959), p. 28 (ill.).

Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1961), p. 252.

McNear, Everett, Paul Klee, Works from Chicago Collections, exh. cat. (Chicago: Arts Club of Chicago, 1962), cat. 64 (ill.), back cover (ill.).

Art Institute of Chicago, Instituto de arte de Chicago: Presentación de Charles C. Cunningham (Buenos Aires: Editorial Codex, S.A., 1967), pp. 14, no. 66 (ill.), 74 (color ill.).

Verdi, Richard, “Musical Influences on the Art of Paul Klee,” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 3 (1968), pp. 92 (ill. 10), 93.

___, “Musikalische Einflüsse bei Klee,” Melos 40, 1 (January-February 1973), pp. 10, 15 (ill.).

Speyer, A. James, and Courtney Graham Donnell, Twentieth Century European Painting (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), pp. 49-50, no. 2D2.

Roskill, Mark W., Klee, Kandinsky, and the Thought of Their Time: A Critical Perspective (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992), p. 176, pl. 69.

Carroll, Colleen, How Artists See People: Boy, Girl, Man, Woman (New York: Abbeville Kids, 1996), pp. 18 (color ill.), 19 (color ill., detail).

Paul-Klee-Stiftung, Kunstmuseum Bern, ed., Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 8 (Bern: Benteli, 2004), p. 566, cat. 8995 (ill.).

Ownership History

Lily Klee, Bern, 1940-1946; Klee Gesellschaft, Bern, 1946-1948 [Paul-Klee-Stiftung 2004]; sold to Curt Valentin (Buchholz Gallery), New York, 1948 [as above]; sold to Mrs. Lynne Thompson, New York, 1948 [conversation notes with George Young, March 15, 1977 in curatorial file]; Fairweather-Garnett Gallery, Evanston, Ill., 1950 [notes cited above]; sold to Mr. and Mrs. George B. Young, Chicago, 1951 [notes cited above]; given to the Art Institute, 1959.

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