Paul Klee Seaside Resort in the South of France 1927

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Artwork details

Artist
Paul Klee 1879–1940
Title
Seaside Resort in the South of France
Südfranzösisches Seebad
Date 1927
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.

August 2004

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