Dame mit Tomate is likely a recollection of Klee’s visits to Italy in January 1929 and in the summer of 1930. Klee contrasts the bright red shape of the sun-ripened tomato against the darker attire of the woman, focusing on the fruit as a symbol of fertility and the living intensity of the timeless life-force inherited from ancient Mediterranean cultures. MEDIUM: Watercolour on paper laid down by the artist on board DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 25.6 x 19.8 ins/ 65.0 x 50.3 cm SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Klee’ (lower right); dated, numbered, and titled ‘1930 G.6 Dame mit Tomate’ (on mount)