- Paul Klee
- In Stellung (In Position)
- signed Klee (lower right); titled, dated 1939 and numbered VV6 on the artist's mount
- watercolour on paper laid down on the artist's mount
- image size: 31.3 by 22cm.; 12 1/4 by 8 5/8 in.
- mount size: 50 by 35cm.; 19 5/8 by 13 3/4 in.
Klee-Gesellschaft, Bern (1946-1949)
Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne (1949-1950)
Oscar Müller-Widmann, Basel (acquired in 1950)
Galerie d'Art Moderne, Basel
Comte Maurice S. d'Arquian, Brussels (until 1959)
Berggruen & Cie., Paris (1959)
World House Galleries, New York (acquired in 1959. Sold: Kunstkabinett Ketterer, Stuttgart, 3rd & 4th May 1962, lot 231)
Rudolf August Oetker, Germany (purchased at the above sale)
Private Collection, Germany (acquired from the above in 1962)
Thence by descent to the present owner
Jürg Spiller (ed.), Paul Klee Notebooks. The Nature of Nature, London, 1973, vol. 2, illustrated p. 360
The Paul Klee Foundation (ed.), Paul Klee, Catalogue Raisonné, London, 2004, vol. 8, no. 8572, illustrated p. 401
Following Klee’s death in 1940, the present work was inherited by his widow Lily Klee, with whom he had lived in Bern after leaving the Bauhaus in Dessau under political pressure of the early 1930s. After Lily’s death in 1946, the present work, along with the rest of her estate, passed into the possession of the newly formed Klee Foundation in Bern. In 1950 In Stellung was acquired by the Basel-based collector Oscar Müller-Widmann, who started by collecting Expressionist art, and later became a prominent collector of constructivist and abstract art, including works by Klee, Arp, Schwitters, Mondrian and Kandinsky. The work has been in the family of the present owner since 1962.