Louisville, 3 March 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA).
According to website ArtfixDaily, the curatorial team of Speed Art Museum has made a wholly unexpected discovery of a work by Paul Klee which, unbeknownst to them, was held within their own collection.
In 1998, Speed received a sizeable donation of works from the personal collection of Major General Dillman A. Rash and Nancy Baton Rash. This donation comprised of works by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet and Maurice Utrillo. Most significantly, it included the work Seven Blossoms by Paul Klee.
Following the museum’s recent expansion, several works were in need of conservation work, having suffered damages over time. Amongst these works, Several Blossoms found its way into the hands of the paper conservator Christine Young. On removing the drawing from its mount, Young discovered a watercolour by Paul Klee on the reverse. The discovered work had never been seen by its previous owners, and perhaps not by anyone since Paul Klee himself. The work is to become a valued part of the museum’s collection.