Max Klinger

Opus XIII: On Death, Part Two

etchings and aquatints on paper

trial proofs, 1885-1910

 

Max Klinger (1857-1920) 


"Philosoph" ["Philosopher"]

1910

etching and aquatint on Imperial Japan paper

proof impression of the fourth state

50 x 33,7 cm (plate), 73,5 x 51,5 cm (sheet)

in pencil at lower right signed M.Klinger and dated 27.6.10. 

in pencil at lower left inscribed 4. Z. 4. Dr. (4th state, 4th impression)

The Daulton Collection


Singer (catalogue raisonne) 232


A rare trial proof of the 4th state of this print, which is considered one of Klinger's masterpieces.

 

The Daulton Collection also owns a signed proof impression of the third state of "Philosoph":

Max Klinger (1857-1920) 


"Philosoph" ["Philosopher"]

Plate 3 of the cycle Vom Tode Zweiter Teil (Opus XIII)

1910

aquatint etching with engraving on Imperial Japan paper

proof impression of the third state

49,5 x 33,5 cm (plate); 60 x 44,2 cm (sheet)

in pencil at lower right signed "M.Klinger" and dated "21.3.10"

in pencil at lower left inscribed 3. Z. 1. Dr. (3rd state, 1st impression)

The Daulton Collection


Singer (catalogue raisonne) 232 


Provenance:


ex coll. Georg Hirzel (1868-1924), Leipzig (with the blind stamp "Sammlung Georg Hirzel"), the noted publisher, arts patron, and collector, who acquired choice impressions directly from the artist


Seized from Georg Hirzel’s heirs, and later given to the Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig


Restituted to the Hirzel family after 1990


Villa Grisebach, Berlin, 4 June 1993, Lot 175


C. G. Boerner, Dusseldorf


Hauswedell & Nolte, Hamburg, Sale 449, December 3, 2013, at which The Daulton Collection acquired

Max Klinger (1857-1920) 


"Tote Mutter" ["Dead Mother"]

Plate 10 from Vom Tode Zweiter Teil [On Death Part Two]

1893

etching on tissue thin Japan paper mounted on thick Japan paper

proof impression of the fourth state, the completed print before letters

46,0 x 35,0 cm. (plate); 62,3 x 47,2 cm. (sheet)

in pencil at lower right signed "M.Klinger" and dated and inscribed "10. Mai 93. Berlin"

The Daulton Collection


Singer (catalogue raisonne) 239 IV


Provenance:


C. G. Boerner, Dusseldorf, 1984

Christies, South Kensington, September 14, 2010, at which The Daulton Collection acquired


Describing this print as "incomparable in its conception and composition," Hans Singer proclaimed that it "is certainly the most beautiful Klinger ever created."  Impressions of the fourth state are rare; Singer recorded only 8 impressions.

Max Klinger (1857-1920) 


"Und doch!" ["And yet!"]

1885

etching and aquatint 

37,5 x 27,7 cm (plate), 54,2 x 41,7 cm (sheet)

trial proof of the second state of eight (with the plate number, IV, upper right, but before all inscriptions)

in pencil inscribed, monogrammed, and dated lower left: "1. Z. 2. Dr. / M.K. / 24.7.85."

The Daulton Collection


Singer (catalogue raisonne) 250.


Second trial proof of the first state (1. Z. 2. Dr.) of the rejected plate for Sheet 8 of the portfolio Vom Tode, Teil II, Opus XIII.  Here, in the discarded version, the man stands on tiptoe and the landscape background also shows clear differences from the composition developed later (Singer 237), which was also larger in size. 


A rich, velvety impression of this extraordinarily rare print.  Singer records only one other example.


Slightly foxed, mainly in the outer white margin, marginal traces of handling, otherwise excellent condition.

Max Klinger (1857-1920) 


"Krieg" ["War"]

1909

etching on Japan

52,2 x 34 cm 

in pencil signed and dated lower right: "M.Klinger 11.10.09"

in pencil inscribed lower left: "1. Z. 4. Dr." (1. Zustand. 4. Druck) [State 1, Impression 4]
The Daulton Collection


See Singer (catalogue raisonne) 235.


A rare trial proof of the first state for Sheet 6 of the portfolio Vom Tode, Teil II, Opus XIII [On Death, Part 2, Opus XIII].  


Full Margin.  Slight crease marks in the upper left white margin, otherwise in excellent condition.

Contact:
Jack Daulton
The Jack Daulton Collection
Los Altos Hills, California
info@symbolismus.com