About This Artwork

Paul Klee
German, born Switzerland, 1879-1940

Artistic Comedy, 1932

Watercolor over traces of graphite on ivory laid paper, laid down on cream card
649 x 477 mm (max)
Signed upper left: "Klee"

Bequest of Elizabeth H. Paepcke, 1994.762

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Arts Club of Chicago, "Paul Klee: Fourteen Works from Chicago Collections," November 8-December 6, 1956, cat. 46.

Worthington Gallery, Chicago, "Paul Klee 1879-1940: A Tribute in Celebration of the Artist’s Centennial Year," October 12-December 1, 1979, cat. 18.

Publication History

Paul Klee Foundation, Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné 6 (Bern, 2001), p. 167, no. 5714 (ill.).

Ownership History

Rudolf Probst (Galerie Neue Kunst Fides; Das Kunsthaus), Dresden, Mannheim, to 1933 [Paul Klee Foundation]. Lily Klee (died 1946), Bern [Angela Rosengart of Galerie Rosengart]; Lily Klee’s estate to Werner Allenbach, Bern, to 1952 [Angela Rosengart and the Paul Klee Foundation]; Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne, 1952-1954 [Paul Klee Foundation]. Main Street Gallery, Chicago, about 1954 [Paul Klee Foundation]. Eva-Maria W. Worthington Gallery, Inc., Chicago [Paul Klee Foundation]. Elizabeth Paepcke, Chicago, by 1956 [Chicago 1956]; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1994.

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