[Klee] Grohmann (Will)

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[Klee] Grohmann (Will)
Ɵ Paul Klee. Éditions "Cahiers d'Art", Paris, 1929 [1930]. Texts by Will Grohmann, Louis Aragon, René Crevel, Paul Éluard, Jean Lurçat, Tristan Tzara, and René Vitrac. Eighty-four reproductions and seven drawings in the text, with an annotated and signed etching by Klee (Kornfeld 106) in forty-three deluxe copies, (13 japon, 30 Arches) printed on japon for the first thirteen copies, and on Arches for the remaining thirty. The first six copies also contain a "gouache" (or watercolor), and the following seven a drawing. First edition (26 x 18 cm). Head copy on Japon (no. 8), with the rare etching, justified and signed, printed on Japon in less than fifteen copies in all, with, as announced, an original drawing signed and captioned by Klee (The Magician). This fifth Cahiers d'Art monograph was printed in December 1929, but both the engraving and most of the watercolors intended for the deluxe copies date from early 1930, shortly before these copies were actually distributed. In a letter to Klee dated January 18, 1930, publisher Christian Zervos expressed concern that he had not yet received the "documents" for the deluxe copies, as "subscribers are bombarding us every day with letters of dissatisfaction". Zervos was particularly interested in Klee, whose figurative style he appreciated, while Kandinsky's abstraction put him off somewhat. But Klee was apparently annoyed by the publisher's pressing approach for works. Zervos commissioned Will Grohmann, an undisputed expert on Klee, Kandinsky and the German Expressionists, to design the book. But interesting texts from the Surrealists were also included, notably by Tristan Tzara, Louis Aragon, Paul Éluard and René Crevel. For the 13 deluxe copies on japon, the different dates for the drawings (in 7 copies) and the watercolors (in 6 copies) suggest that the watercolors were done specifically for the book, while Klee chose drawings that lent themselves to the work from his stock. The original drawing in the copy: Der Zauberer (The Magician) is signed "Klee" lower left and titled on the cardboard "1915.2 Der Zauberer" (catalog raisonné, no. 1334), ink on tissue paper pasted on cardboard (19.1 x 12 cm). Provenance: Private collection. Exhibitions: Expressionisten, Kubisten, Futuristen, Sammlungen Nell Walden und Dr Othmar Huber, Kunsthaus, Zurich, May 19-June 17, 1945, no. 67; Francis Picabia - Sammlung Nell Walden, Kunsthalle, Basel, January 12-February 3, 1946, no. 154; München und die Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, der Blaue Reiter, der Weg von 1908-1914, Haus der Kunst, Munich, September-October 1949, no. 136; Paul Klee, Galleria De'Foscherari, Bologna, November-December 1971; Galerie Eunomia, Milan, January 1972.
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