Fruchtbares geregelt, Paul Klee
Paul Klee
Fruchtbares geregelt
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Paul Klee

Fruchtbares geregelt, 1933

371 x 390 mm
195 x 265 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour on rough laid paper, stretched in a cardboard mount
Inventory Number
Object Number
17751 Z
Acquired in 2018 as a bequest from Margarethe and Klaus Posselt
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Inspired by a trip he took to Tunis with August Macke in 1914, Klee developed an abstract pictorial language. From 1931 onwards, his geometric compositions increasingly gave way to dotted structures. In the place of a brush, the artist used stamps he frequently fashioned from the heads of nails and used to dab the paint onto the paper. Despite its non-representational depiction, the drawing "Fertility Tended" To sparks associations of house façades, trees or – as the enigmatic title suggests – a garden or park with various types of plants.

Work Data

Basic Information

Fruchtbares geregelt (Original Title)
Title Translation
Fertility Tended To
Fertility Tended To
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Watercolour on rough laid paper, stretched in a cardboard mount
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links (mit Feder in Braun): Klee
Datiert, bezeichnet und betitelt auf dem Montierungskarton unten mittig (mit Feder in Braun): 1933 L.8. Fruchtbares geregelt
Weitere Randleiste mit Feder in Braun auf dem Montierungskarton oberhalb der Zeichnung
Captions Added Later
Verso auf dem Montierungsbogen: Zollstempel
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Klee WVZ 6073

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 2018 as a bequest from Margarethe and Klaus Posselt

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints
  • 49D3211 intersecting lines
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry

Research and Discussion


Object History
Irmgard Burchard, Zürich, 1938
Lily Klee, Bern, 1940
Klee-Gesellschaft, Bern, 1946
Karl Nierendorf, New York, 1947
Curt Valentin, New York, 1950
Roy J. Friedman, Chicago
Gana Art Gallery, Seoul
Margarethe und Klaus Posselt, Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2018.


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