Paul Klee

Seaside Resort in the South of France

1927

Original title
Südfranzösisches Seebad
Medium
Graphite, crayon and watercolour on paper on board
Dimensions
Support: 327 x 488 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler 1974, accessioned 1994
Reference
T06795

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Klee had significant talent as a musician, and a considerable knowledge of the laws of musical composition. This work is one of a number of architectural landscapes he made in the 1920s which were treated almost like musical scores, with irregular patches of local colour taking the place of notes and horizontal background lines as staves. The loose arrangement of small irregular dots of colour in some ways prefigures Klee’s tighter pointillist work of the 1930s.

Gallery label, August 2004