Sommeil d'Hiver (Winter's Sleep) from the Four Seasons series. by Paul Klee

Sommeil dHiver (Winters Sleep) from the Four Seasons series. by Paul Klee

Sommeil d'Hiver (Winter's Sleep) from the Four Seasons series.

Paul Klee

Title

Sommeil d'Hiver (Winter's Sleep) from the Four Seasons series.

 
Artist
Year
1938  
Technique
color lithograph 
Image Size
9 x 13 11/16" image size 
Signature
in stone, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated, as usual 
Annotations
title and artist's name in stone on verso by Joan Miro 
Reference
Verve Art Review, Vol. I, No.3 
Paper
heavy cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
Verve No. 3, 1938; published by E Teriade, Paris 
Inventory ID
21734 
Price
$400.00 
Description

This color lithograph by Paul Klee was done for inclusion in the Parisian art and literary quarterly "Verve", which was founded in 1937 and which continued until 1960. The works of art included in the publication were printed at the famed Atelier Mourlot in Paris.

On the verso of this print is a Joan Miro lithograph that incorporates the title of the work and Klee's name. It is presumed that, with the inevitable onset of world war, and with Klee's declining health, he could not travel to Paris to oversee the printing of this work at Mourlot. Miro, who spent much of the 1930s at the stelier, may have done so in his stead.

Winter sleeps, the ground and her body blue with cold, the trees bare of leaves but, in her pregnant body, warmth and life are beginning to stir: there will come another spring!