Night, from On Death, Part I, Opus XI (Nacht, Vom Tode, Erster Teil, Opus XI)

1889
(German, 1857–1920)
Catalogue raisonné: Singer 171
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In On Death, Part One, a series of ten etchings, the Symbolist Klinger envisioned the ephemeral nature of life and the suddenness of death, themes that prompted one contemporary critic to call the portfolio a modern "Dance of Death." In Night, the first in the series, a man sits on a bench in an enclosed garden. A moonbeam breaks through the clouds over the sea, and on the path to the right is a lily with a fluttering butterfly. The landscape seems an extension of the figure’s melancholy thoughts, a landscape of the mind.
Night, from On Death, Part I, Opus XI (Nacht, Vom Tode, Erster Teil, Opus XI)

Night, from On Death, Part I, Opus XI (Nacht, Vom Tode, Erster Teil, Opus XI)

1889

Max Klinger

(German, 1857–1920)
Germany, late 19th century

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