Museum Folkwang
Mondaufgang (St. Germain)
  • Paul Klee
  • Mondaufgang (St. Germain), 1915/242

  • Moonrise over St. Germain
  • Watercolour and pencil on paper on cardboard
  • Paper 18,4 x 17,2 cm
  • Acquired in 1958
  • Inv. C 2/58
  • CommentaryDuring a trip that Paul Klee made to Tunisia for two weeks together with Louis Moilliet and August Macke in August 1914, Klee and Moilliet spent Easter weekend in St. Germain near Tunis. On the evening of Easter Sunday, Klee wrote in his diary: “The evening is indescribable. And to top it all, there’s a full moon rising. Louis pushes me: I should paint it. I say: It’ll be an exercise at best. Naturally I fail vis-à-vis nature. But I’ve learned something. I know the way from my failure to nature. That is a personal affair for the coming years.” In these words, like in the example of the aquarelle, art seems to be something independent, for which a natural model is, however, necessary: Houses, the sea and the moon are reduced to their basic forms and more hinted at than depicted. There are also fields which seem just abstract forms if you are unaware of what Klee was looking at. It is in this state suspended between abstraction and figuration – and naturally also in the subtle harmony of colors in the depiction – that the special quality of this work lies.
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  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Department of Prints and Drawings
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  • Obj_Creditline_S: Grafische Sammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Mondaufgang (St. Germain)
  • Obj_Title2_S: Moonrise over St. Germain
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  • Obj_Dating_S: 1915/242
  • Jahr von: 1,915
  • Jahr bis: 1,915
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: C 2/58
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: C 0002/58
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Drawing
  • Obj_Crate_S: Paper 18,4 x 17,2 cm
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  • Obj_Technique_S: Watercolour and pencil on paper on cardboard
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Watercolour and pencil on paper on cardboard
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1958
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
Commentary
Artists

During a trip that Paul Klee made to Tunisia for two weeks together with Louis Moilliet and August Macke in August 1914, Klee and Moilliet spent Easter weekend in St. Germain near Tunis. On the evening of Easter Sunday, Klee wrote in his diary: “The evening is indescribable. And to top it all, there’s a full moon rising. Louis pushes me: I should paint it. I say: It’ll be an exercise at best. Naturally I fail vis-à-vis nature. But I’ve learned something. I know the way from my failure to nature. That is a personal affair for the coming years.” In these words, like in the example of the aquarelle, art seems to be something independent, for which a natural model is, however, necessary: Houses, the sea and the moon are reduced to their basic forms and more hinted at than depicted. There are also fields which seem just abstract forms if you are unaware of what Klee was looking at. It is in this state suspended between abstraction and figuration – and naturally also in the subtle harmony of colors in the depiction – that the special quality of this work lies.