Kirke
Artist: Paul Klee
Artwork: Kirke
Size: burlap size (irregular): 39.7 x 40.7; mount size: 50.9 x 49.2 cm
Medium: Watercolor on primed burlap laid down on card
Creation year: 1938
Marks: Signed 'Klee' (upper right); dated, numbered and titled '1938 R3 KIRKE' (on the artist's mount)
Category: Drawings
Provenance: (probably) Lily Klee, Bern (wife of the artist; 1940); (probably) Klee-Gesellschaft, Bern (acquired from the previous, 1946); Hermann and Margrit Rupf, Bern (probably acquired from the previous, circa 1950); Galerie Berggruen et Cie., Paris (by 1953); Philippe Dotremont, Brussels (by 1954); Philippe Leclerq, Hem (by 1960); Galerie Beyeler, Basel (by 1994); Marc Blondeau, Paris; David Tunkl Fine Art, Los Angeles; Acquired from the previous by the late owners, May 1996.
Exhibition history: Kunsthaus Zurich, Klee, February-March 1940, p. 16, no. 36; Kunsthalle Bern, Paul Klee, November-December 1940, p. 11, no. 149; Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum and Eindhoven, Stedelijk van Abbe-Museum, Collectie Philippe Dotremont, spring 1954, no. 42; Musee d'Art Moderne de Villeneuve d'Ascq, Blast: Foyer et explosion—Surrealisme europeen, expressionnisme abstrait american, December 1989-March 1990, no. 2 (illustrated in color); Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Traum von Absoluten, June-September 1994, p. 64, no. 34 (illustrated in color, p. 30); Hamm, Gustav-Lubke-Museum and Leipzig, Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Paul Klee: Reisen in den suden, January-July 1997, p. 238, no. 91 (illustrated in color, p. 205); Munich, Haus der Kunst and Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans-van-Beuningen, Paul Klee: In der Maske des Mythos, January 1999-May 2000, p. 291, no. 88 (illustrated in color, p. 193).

Christie's New York

Date: 2019-11-12
Lot Number: 181
Low Estimate: $400000
High Estimate: $600000
Hammer Price: Not Sold