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Max Klinger1895 - 1898

Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The desire to transcend the boundaries between different art forms had led Klinger to sculpture. He returned from a visit to the Greek island of Syros with an old marble step from which he planned to sculpt a half-length figure; it was only while he was working that he decided to add the draped legs. The idea of calling her after the Greek sea-goddess, “the one surrounded by sea,” may have come from the provenance of the stone. Contemporaries explained that the arms were missing because of the original dimensions of the stone, however there are other examples of Klinger’s interest in the problems of the human torso, and in this he comes close to the pioneers of modernism. However, this emphasis on form and material runs contradictory to the lifelike, subtly naturalistic treatment of the flesh and the light, flowing draperies here — all the more so since Klinger replaces the physical ideals of classical sculpture with the features of a contemporary town-dweller.

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  • Title: Amphitrite
  • Creator: Max Klinger
  • Date Created: 1895 - 1898
  • Physical Dimensions: w47.0 x h178.0 x d42.0 cm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Technique and material: Marble
  • Inv.-No.: B I 159
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-815114
  • External link: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyrights: Text: © Prestel Verlag / Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, http://www.bpk-images.de
  • Collection: Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Artist biography: Max Klinger was a German Symbolist painter, sculptor and printmaker. He studied in Karlsruhe and admired the etchings of Menzel and Goya. Klinger became a very apt and imaginative engraver. His numerous journeys to the diverse art centres of Europe importantly informed his art. From 1897 he dedicated himself almost entirely to sculpture; his marble statue of Beethoven was a key highlight of the Vienna Secession of 1902. His artworks are characterized by their intriguing symbolism that anticipated the Surrealist movement. Paraphrases of the 'Finding of a Glove' (1881), a series of ten etchings also on display in Berlin’s Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, is his most famous work.
  • Artist Place of Death: Großjena, Germany
  • Artist Place of Birth: Leipzig, Germany
  • Artist Dates: 1857-02-18/1920-07-05


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