The Gate to Hades

The Gate to Hades
Artist:
Paul Klee (Swiss, 1879-1940)
Date:
1921
Medium:
Watercolor and oil transfer drawing on laid paper, mounted on thin cardboard 
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 7/8 x 15 3/8 in. (27.6 x 39.1 cm); mount: 12-1/4 x 16-7/8 in. (31.1 x 42.9 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection 
Accession Number:
P.1953.059 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View
Description

This melancholy scene appears to take place on a stage, with a curtain drawn back on the left. The dark borders and the small cross to the right of the title are signs of mourning that Klee put on this and several other works of this period, following the death of his mother in March 1921.

Provenance:

The artist to;
[Stadtsyndicus a.D. Kauth, Berlin, sold 1925 to];
Galka Scheyer;
Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, 1953-1954;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena,1954-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, 1975.

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