Catalogue entry

Paul Klee 1879-1940

N05278 The Castle Mountain of S. 1930

Inscribed on mount 'VII [crossed out] 1930 qu. 2' b.l. and 'der Schlossberg von S.' b.r.
Gouache on paper, 14 1/2 x 18 3/8 (37 x 47)
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1941
Prov: With Mayor Gallery, London (purchased from the artist through the Galerie Simon, Paris, 1935); through Leicester Galleries, London; CAS 1941
Exh: Paul Klee, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, June-July 1931 (221); Paul Klee, Mayor Gallery, London, June 1935 (4), title mistranslated as 'The Quarter on the Hill'; Paul Klee, Leicester Galleries, London, March 1941 (35); Paul Klee 1879-1940, National Gallery, London, December 1945-February 1946 (100); Acquisitions of the CAS, Tate Gallery, September-October 1946 (125); CAS: The First Fifty Years 1910-60, Tate Gallery, April-May 1960 (170)
Repr: Studio, CXXV, 1943, p.106; John Rothenstein, Modern Foreign Pictures in the Tate Gallery (London 1947), pl.99

Executed with a palette knife. The medium and technique are described in Klee's oeuvre catalogue as 'Kleisterfarbe (Messerarbeit)'.

Will Grohmann wrote of this work: 'Here the technical process has determined the result. Klee certainly had no particular place in mind. The theme of a "castle" is recurrent in his work, as in that of Kafka, and signifies little more than a place which is secret and very hard to reach' (letter of 14 June 1953).

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.388, reproduced p.388