About This Artwork

Paul Klee
German, born Switzerland, 1879–1940

Schoolhouse, 1920

Oil on paper, on board
14 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (36.8 x 31.8 cm)
Signed, l.l.: "Klee 19 20 23"

Gift of Mary and Leigh Block, 1969.811

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Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Munich, Galerie Neue Kunst-Hans Goltz, Der Ararat: Zweites Sonderheft, Erste Paul Klee Ausstellung, May-June 1920, pp. 10 (ill.), 21, no. 25, as Schulhaus.Jena, Kunstverein Jena, Paul Klee, July 11-August 8, 1920, no. 7.

Hamburg, Alte Kunshalle, 16. Ausstellung des Deutschen Künstlerbundes Hamburg, August 14-November 31, 1921, no. 178.S

Stockholm, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Nyare Tysk Konst, February18-March 12, 1922, no. 109.

South Norwalk, Connecticut, Paul Klee: Collection of F. C. Schang, 1952, no. 6.

South Norwalk, Connecticut, Paul Klee, June 1, 1953, no. 13. New York, Saidenberg Gallery, Paul Klee. An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of his Birth, March 8-April 26, 1954, no. 8.

Bern, Kunstmuseum, Paul Klee, August 11-November 4, 1956, no. 432. Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, 100 European Paintings and Drawings from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Leigh B. Block, no. 34; traveled to Los Angeles, City Museum of Art, September 21-November 2, 1967.

Boston, Museum of fine Arts, 100 European Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Leigh B. Block, February2-April 14, 1968, no. 35.

New York, Saidenberg Gallery, Paul Klee: A Retrospective Exhibition, October 14-November 29, 1969, no. 9.

Munich, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Paul Klee: Das Frühwerk 1883–1922, December 12, 1979-March 2, 1980.

Huston, The Menil Collection, Klee and America, June 16-September 10, 2006, Washingtin D.C., The Pillips Collection, October 6, 2006- January 14, 2007, cat. 4.

Publication History

Leopold Zahn, Paul Klee. Leben/Werk/Geist (Potsdam, 1920), p. 75 (ill.), as Schulhaus. Kunstkabinett Stuttgart, Gemälde, Plastiken, Graphik, Handzeichnungen, Aquarelle, Kunstliteratur, sale cat., October 26-28, 1949, no. 1583.

Pierre Courthion, Klee (London/Paris, 1953), p. 2, no. 2 (ill.), as Schoolhouse (Schulhaus).

Gualtieri di San Lazzaro, Klee. La vie et l’oeuvre (Paris, 1957), pp. 263 (ill.), 289, no. 31, as School and Schulhaus.

Max Huggler, Paul Klee, Künstler Lexicon der Schweiz XX. Jahrhundert, vol. 1 (Frauenfeld, 1958-1961), p. 524.

James Smith Pierce, Paul Klee and Primitive Art (New York/London, 1976), p. 12.

A. James Speyer and Courney Graham Donnell, Twentieth-Century European Paintings (Chicago, 1981), no. 2C9.

Anna-Maria Ehrmann-Schindlbeck, Paul Klee in Jena 1924: der Vortrag (Jena, 1999), p. 160.

Paul-Klee-Stiftung, Paul Klee. Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 3: 1919-1922 (Bern, 1999), p. 160, no. 2368.
Osamu Okuda, Klee and America, ed. Josef Helfenstein and Elizabeth Hutton Turner, Exh. cat. (The Menil Collection and Hatje Cantz), p. 53, ill. 53, p. 114, cat. 4.

Ownership History

Neue Galerie Hans Goltz, by 1920 [Paul-Klee-Stiftung 1999]. Galerie Ferdinand Möller, Berlin [Paul-Klee-Stiftung 1999]. Frederick C. Schang, South Norwalk, Conn., and New York, by 1952–at least 1953 [South Norwalk 1952, and Courthian 1953]. Saidenberg Gallery, Inc., by 1955 [Paul-Klee-Stiftung 1999]. Leigh B. and Mary Block, Chicago, 1955–1969 [Paul-Klee-Stiftung 1999]; given to the Art Institute, 1969.




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