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Paul Klee
1879 - 1940
BEI VERGEHENDER ZEIT (AS TIME PASSES BY)
signed Klee (upper right); dated 1940, numbered X 19 and titled on the artist's mount
watercolour, gouache and black crayon on paper laid down on the artist's mount
image: 29.5 by 20.7cm., 11 5/8 by 8 1/8 in.
mount: 46.7 by 35cm., 18 3/8 by 13 3/4 in.
Executed in 1940.
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Provenance

Lily Klee, Bern (the artist's daughter, acquired by 1940)
Werner Allenbach, Bern (until 1960)
Berggruen & Cie, Paris (acquired by 1960)
Molly S. Stern, Rochester (acquired by 1962)
Private Collection, Rochester (by descent from the above; sale: Sotheby's, New York, 11th May 1988, lot 139)
Fujii Gallery, Tokyo (purchased at the above sale)
Private Collection, Japan
Acquired from the above by the previous owner

Exhibited

Bern, Kunstmuseum Bern, Paul Klee. Das Schaffen im Todesjahr, 1990, no. 56, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Joseph Helfenstein, Das Spätwerk als "Vermächtnis". Klees Schaffen im Todesjahr, Bern, 1990, n.n, illustrated p. 71
Stefan Frey & Josef Helfenstein, Paul Klee. Verzeichnis der Werke des Jahres 1940, Bern, 1991, no. 1940,59 (X19), illustrated p. 63
Paul Klee Foundation (ed.), Paul Klee, Catalogue raisonné, Bonn, 2004, vol. IX, no. 9078, illustrated in colour p. 71

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