Slightly Dry Poem
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.2
People
Paul Klee, Swiss (Münchenbuchsee near Bern, Switzerland 1879 - 1940 Muralto-Locarno, Switzerland)
Title
Slightly Dry Poem
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Leicht Trockenes Gedicht
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing, album leaf
Date
1938
Culture
Swiss
Location
Level 1, Room 1520, Modern and Contemporary Art
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil and pastel on burlap, mounted on card
Dimensions
burlap, irregular: 58.5 x 45 cm (23 1/16 x 17 11/16 in.)
mount: 68.9 x 50 cm (27 1/8 x 19 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Titled, numbered and dated on mount in ink: 1938. T12 leicht trockenes Gedicht
  • (not assigned): Inscription on verso, u.l., in artist's hand: 1938T21 leicht trockenes Gedicht
    On backing board: 15 loan labels for temporary loan to the Fogg Art Museum, 1 loan label for temporary loan to Busch-Reisinger Museum (130.1966)
  • label: removed from backing board: Busch-Reisinger Museum / Cambridge, Mass. / Loan no. 130.1966 / Lender Mr. & Mrs. F. B. Deknatel / Cambridge, Mass
  • label: removed from backing board: Hasenkamp / Koln - Bonn - Dusseldorf / Leicht trockenes Gedicht / 60 x 46 cm / Kunstler: P. Klee / Frankreich / Leihgeber: Berggruen & CIE
  • label: removed from backing board: International Art Transport / 60, Rue Saint-Sabin Paris XIe / ROQuette: 69-92 / 1620 / Los Angeles
  • label: removed from backing board: 16 Fogg Art Museum Deknatel loan labels with the following numbers: 18714.7, 20553.12, 18296.1, 17586.11, 16967.7, 16259.5, 15740.6, 40710.1, 28427.4, 25539.4, 24051.7, 21518.3, 22157.1, 27146.4, 22712.1, 24807.3
Provenance
Rolf and Catherine E. Buergi, Bern
Max Huggeler, Bern (until 1963)
Berggruen & Cie (1963-1965)
Professor and Mrs. Frederick B. Deknatel (acq. 1965)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Bequest of Virginia H. Deknatel in memory of Professor and Mrs. Charles Kuhn
Copyright
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Accession Year
2009
Object Number
2009.2
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
Publication History

Paul Klee, Josef Helfenstein, and Christian Rümelin, Paul Klee, catalogue raisonné, Paul-Klee Stiftung Kunstmuseum Bern (Bern, Switzerland, 1998-2004), vol. 7, p. 458, cat. no. 7514

Exhibition History

Paul Klee, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/17/1993 - 06/13/1993

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 10 Rotation 3), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/12/2010 - 01/15/2011

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted