Tannenwald, Paul Klee
Paul Klee
Tannenwald
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Paul Klee

Tannenwald, 1914


Blatt
214 x 141 mm
Untersatzkarton
308 x 223 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour on wove paper (watercolour paper), mounted on wove cardboard
Inventory Number
17899
Object Number
17899 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

The rich palette of this watercolour resounds with the artist’s experience of a trip to Africa in April 1914. Here Klee has translated the trunks and branches into a weave of colour zones, rectangles, and short strokes. The variety of forms, but also the juxtaposition of harmonious and contrasting hues sets the scene in motion. Like Robert Delaunay, Klee regarded nature as an ongoing process. His ‘Fir Forest’ watercolour accordingly does not provide us with a depiction of nature’s outward appearance but points instead to its underlying laws.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Tannenwald (Original Title)
Title Translation
Fir Forest
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Watercolour on wove paper (watercolour paper), mounted on wove cardboard
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts (mit der Feder in Schwarz): Klee; datiert und nummeriert auf dem Unterlagekarton unterhalb der Zeichnung links (mit der Feder in Schwarz): 1914 131; betitelt unten rechts: Tannenwald
Watermark
  • Nicht feststellbar
Work Catalogues
  • Klee WVZ 1231
  • Oeuvrekatalog Klee 1914, Nr. 131

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 25G3 trees
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Paul Klee
Galerie Neue Kunst Hans Goltz, München, seit 1920
ausgestellt in der Galerie Neue Kunst Fides, Dresden, Mai 1924
...
Albrecht Haselbach (1892-1979), München
Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt, 1955
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.

Information

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Last update

07.12.2022