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

Part of a set. See all set records

Max Klinger

(German, 1857-1920)

Etching and aquatint

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1933.126.1

Catalogue raisonné: Singer 171

Description

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.

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Collection: 
PR - Etching
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print

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