Klee Lost, Klee Found

Since the day that West Berlin authorities appropriated $10,500 from the municipal lottery funds to buy it last spring, the small painting by Paul Klee had firmly established itself in the affections of Berliners. Klee has become one of the most sought-after of all European modernists, and this was the first painting of his that West Berlin had been able to acquire since 1945. Titled Jungwaldta-fel—a Kleeish word construction meaning "Panel of Young Trees''—it was filled with echoing mysteries showing the old master of fantasy at his best. Last week Berlin got shocking news: the Klee was stolen property.

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