Max Klinger

Bather, Reflecting in the Water





Max Klinger (1857-1920)

"Bather, Reflecting in the Water" ("Badende, sich im Wasser spiegelnd")

patinated bronze, on a serpentine stone plinth

c. 1896

Height 26,5 cm

monogrammed, and with foundry mark "Akt. Ges. Gladenbeck Berlin"


The present statue is Klinger's copy in bronze, on a lesser scale, of his 1896 marble statue now in the Museum of Fine Art, Leipzig.

The Daulton Collection also contains a pencil sketch study for this statue:

Max Klinger
Female Nude (Weiblicher Akt)
pencil on handmade paper
38 x 26,2 cm
signed lower right: M. Klinger
The Daulton Collection owns a second cast of this bronze sculpture:

Max Klinger (Leipzig 1857 - 1920 Großjena near Naumburg)

"Bather, Reflecting in the Water" ("Badende, sich im Wasser spiegelnd")

bronze, with yellowish brown patina on a cube-shaped marble base.

circa 1896-97

height of statue 24,5 cm; height of base: 9,5 cm

monogrammed "MK" on the stump; inscribed on the plinth: "Akt. Ges. Gladenbeck Friedrichshagen"

The Daulton Collection


The figure is a bronze reduction of the life-size marble figure from 1896/97, one of Klinger's most attractive works, which is now in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig. The "Bather" was cast in various sizes by the Gladenbeck foundry with his permission.

Otto Haeckel (1872-1945)
Portrait of Max Klinger in his Studio with his painting "Die Kreuzigung Christi" in the background and his marble statue "Badende" in the right foreground
circa 1910
vintage gelatin silver photograph
18 x 24 cm
with photographer's stamp and annotated in pencil on verso
The Daulton Collection

Some light handling marks, otherwise in good condition.


Julius Vogel. Max Klingers Kreuzigung Christi. Leipzig 1918.


The image shows Max Klinger sitting in his large studio room in front of his famous painting "Die Kreuzigung Christi" (today in Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig). His marble sculpture "Amphitrite" (1895) can be seen in the left corner, on the right is "Badendes Mädchen" (1897). 


Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection