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Modern and Contemporary Art
Artist: Paul Klee, Swiss, 1879–1940

Red/Green Architecture (yellow/violet gradation)


Oil on canvas with red watercolor border around edges of canvas, laid down on cardboard mat

37.9 × 42.9 cm (14 15/16 × 16 7/8 in.)
Gift of Collection Société Anonyme
Not on view
20th century

Purchased from Der Sturm, Berlin, 1922, according to the later recollection of KSD


Collection of the Société Anonyme: Museum of Modern Art 1920 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1950), 142.

Carola Giedion-Welcker, Paul Klee (New York: Viking Press, 1952).

Reality and Fantasy, 1900–1954, exh. cat. (Minneapolis, Minn.: Walker Art Center, 1954).

Paul Klee, The Notebooks of Paul Klee, ed. Jurg Spiller, 2 vols. (New York: George Wittenborn Inc., 1961).

Eberhard W. Kornfeld, Verzeichnis des Graphischen Werkes von Paul Klee (Bern, Germany: Kornfeld und Klipstein, 1963).

Felix Klee, ed., The Diaries of Paul Klee, 1898–1918 (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1964).

Will Grohmann, Paul Klee, 1879–1940: A Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat. (New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1967).

Jurg Spiller and Ingrid Krause, Paul Klee, 1879–1940, exh. cat. (Munich: Haus der Kunst, 1970), 37, no. 44, Comp. cit.

Christian Geelhaar, Paul Klee and the Bauhaus (Bath, United Kingdom: Adams and Dart, 1973), 48.

Christian Geelhaar, Paul Klee and the Bauhaus (Bath, United Kingdom: Adams and Dart, 1973).

Jürgen Glaesemer, Paul Klee: Handzeichnungen, exh. cat. (Bern, Germany: Kuntsmuseum, 1973–1979), Comp. cit.

Marianne L. Teuber, Paul Klee: Paintings and Watercolors from the Bauhaus Years, 1921–1931, exh. cat. (Des Moines, Iowa: Des Moines Art Center, 1973), n.p., Comp. cit.

Jurg Spiller, The Notebooks of Paul Klee: The Thinking Eye, 2 vols. (New York: George Wittenborn Inc., 1973), ill.

Jürgen Glaesemer, Paul Klee: Das Graphische und Plastische Werk : Mit Vorzeichnungen, Aquarellen und Gemälden, exh. cat. (Duisburg, Germany: Wihelm-Lehmbruch Museum, 1974).

Clark V. Poling, Bauhaus Color, exh. cat. (Atlanta: High Museum of Art, 1975).

James Smith Pierce, Paul Klee and Primitive Art (New York: Garland Publishing, 1976).

Jürgen Glaesemer, Paul Klee: die farbigen Werke im Kunstmuseum Bern. Germälde, farbige Blätter, Hinterglasbilder und Plastiken, exh. cat. (Bern, Germany: Verlag Kornfeld, 1976).

Paul Klee, sein Frühwerk: Zeichnungen, Druckgraphik, Aquarelle aus Zeit bis 1921/22, exh. cat. (Munich: Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, 1979).

Siegfried Gohr, Paul Klee: Das Werk der Jahre 1919-1933: Gemälde, Handzeichnungen, Druckgraphik, exh. cat. (Cologne, Germany: Kunsthalle, 1979).

Otto Karl Werckmeister, Versuche über Paul Klee (Frankfurt: Syndikat, 1981).

Robert L. Herbert, Eleanor S. Apter, and Elise K. Kenney, The Société Anonyme and the Dreier Bequest at Yale University: A Catalogue Raisonné (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1984), 380, no. 394, ill.

Ruth L. Bohan et al., The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, ed. Jennifer Gross, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 197, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.