Max Klinger

Opus IX: Dramas (Dramen)

etchings and aquatints on paper

trial proofs, 1882-83


Max Klinger (1857-1920) 

"Eine Mutter II" ["A Mother II"]


etching and aquatint on Japan paper

rare trial proof of the second state

45,4 x 32 cm (plate); 55 x 35,2 cm (sheet)

signed and dated in pencil lower left: "M. Klinger. 28/3.83"

titled in pencil lower center: "Eine Mutter. II.

inscribed by the artist in pencil lower right: "2.état: 2me épreuve"

The Daulton Collection

Provenance: Heinrich Stinnes Collection, with its collector's stamp (Lugt 1376a) in the lower left corner

Singer (catalogue raisonne) 150 II

A rare trial proof of Plate 4 from Klinger's Dramen cycle.  

"Sheet 4 from the series "Dramas", Opus IX. Influenced by French naturalistic literature, in particular by Émile Zola's writings, Klinger wanted to achieve an exact and immediate transcription of social reality with the prints of the episode "Dramas" - a literary approach from which he later distanced himself.  In "The Mother II," he shows the desperate woman on the canal bank who could be saved after her suicidal jump into the water, but not her son. By making the letters "Akademie" and "Deutsche Kunst" recognizable in the background on the facade on the right, Klinger may be criticizing the official academy, which dealt with the social problems of the time too little or not at all."  B


The Daulton Collection also owns a signed proof impression of the first state of "Eine Mutter II":

Max Klinger (1857-1920) 

"Eine Mutter II" ["A Mother II"]



rare trial proof of the first state

46 x 31,8 cm (plate)

signed and also inscribed "1. Zustand" ["1. state"]

The Daulton Collection

Singer (catalogue raisonne) 150 I, with the bright sky and bright left foreground before aquatint

Jack Daulton
The Jack Daulton Collection
Los Altos Hills, California