Corneille Max

Die Biene (The Bee)


color etching


Corneille Max (Munich 1875-1924 Munich)

Die Biene [The Bee] (Portrait of the Artist's Wife)

three-color etching

proof impression


46,4 x 36,0 cm

signed, inscribed, and dated in pencil lower right: Corneille Max Amerland 1919

detailed breakdown of three-color components inscribed in pencil lower left (see photo below)

Corneille Max was the eldest son of artist Gabriel von Max.  Corneille studied under Gabriel von Hackl and Anton Ažbe and became known as a portrait and landscape painter as well as an etcher.  He was a member of the German Association of Artists [Deutschen Künstlerbund].  His brother, Colombo Max (1877-1970), was also an artist.


In 1905, Corneille Max married Wilhelmine Gedon (1877–1943), known as "Stora" or "Storchl," daughter of the noted Munich architect and artist Lorenz Gedon (1844-1883).  During the First World War, Corneille suffered a poison gas injury, from the sequelae of which he died in 1924 at the age of 48.

Corneille's wife "Stora" was the model for the etching Die Biene.

Publication History:

Georg Jacob (Jakob) Wolf, Corneille Max – Acht farbige Gemäldewiedergaben (Leipzig: Verlag E.A. Seemann, 1925) (from the series E. A. Seemanns Künstlermappen), at pg. 3, reproducing a detail from the etching or painting Die Biene showing head of the woman.

detail of etching, showing signature, place, and date:
detail of etching, showing inscription providing breakdown of the three color components:
Corneille Max also created an oil painting of the same composition and title that was published as a postcard in the first half of the 20th century:

Corneille Max (1875-1924)

Die Biene [The Bee] (Portrait of the Artist's Wife)

c. 1918-1919

vintage postcard after an oil painting

publisher: Wohlgemuth & Lissner Kunstverlagsgesellschaft m.b.H., Berlin, card no. 5063, in the "Primus Postkarte" series; apparently published after the artist's death in 1924.

The Daulton Collection

condition: postally unused; corner crease on the top left, otherwise in good condition

At the instigation of the artist's wife, Stora, many of Corneille Max's portraits, including Die Biene, were reproduced by Wohlgemuth & Lissner in the Primus postcard series.  See: Alexander Rau, "Corneille Max," Bruckmanns Lexikon der Münchner Kunst (Munich: Bruckmann, 1994).

The Daulton Collection owns a drawing that was a study for the etching and painting:

Corneille Max (1875-1924)

Study for Die Biene [The Bee] (Portrait of the Artist's Wife)


pen, pencil and colored pencil on chamois-colored paper

32 x 24.5 (sheet)

upper right signed and dated: "C. Max. 1918."

The Daulton Collection

Gabriel von Max, 
The artist's son, Corneille Max at age 6, drawing while seated on a brown chair
pencil on paper, 
27,0 x 21,5 cm, 
inscribed: "Cornell zeichnug auf Braunemstuhl" (loosely deciphered)
dated and inscribed: "11 Juni 1881 Ammerland"
The Daulton Collection



Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection

Los Altos Hills, California