Gabriel von Max
The Daulton Collection

Bad Times

after 1900

oil on canvas

Gabriel von Max (1840-1915)


Bad Times (Schlechte Zeiten)


     after 1900


     oil on canvas

     63 x 60 cm


     Signed lower right: G. v. Max

     Inscribed lower left: Schlechte Zeiten

Conserved by Andrea Rothe (formerly, Senior Conservator of Paintings, Getty Museum) and Jeanne McKee-Rothe (formerly, Conservator, Norton Simon Museum).


Osker Grünhut (1874-1943), Munich, purchased 1920s;

Fred S. Gruen (1908-1993), Milwaukee, Osker Grünhut's son; Annelies Gruen (nee Mayer) (1920-1915), Fred Gruen's wife;

and thence by descent in the family.

An academically-trained painter, Gabriel von Max is perhaps best known for his naturalistic paintings of monkeys from the second half of his career, when he actually lived with a menagerie of monkeys on his estate outside of Munich; in these portraits of his pet monkeys, von Max tried to reveal their “humanity” as a way of evidencing the theories of Charles Darwin. The Daulton Collection owns one of the world’s largest collections of his work.



Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection

Los Altos Hills, California