Gabriel von Max

Dead Green Monkey,

circa 1870, albumen print


Heinrich Max or Gabriel von Max,

Dead Green Monkey [Tote grüne Meerkatze],

circa 1870

albumen print photograph with hand-tinting, mounted on card

20,8 x 16,4 cm (photograph); 31,8 x 24 cm (card)

provenance: estate (Nachlass) of the artist

This photograph, probably taken Gabriel von Max or his brother Heinrich Max (1847-1900), depicts a dead monkey of a species known as the green monkey (Chlorocebus sabaeus).  For related photographs in the collection of the Deutsches Kunstarchiv im Germanischen Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg, see Karin Althaus and Helmut Friedel, eds., Gabriel von Max, Malerstar, Darwinist, Spiritist (München: Hirmer Verlag, 2010), ills. 291-297, pg. 302-303 (illustration 291 seems to be a photograph of the same dead monkey in profile).

Most significantly, the monkey with upraised arms on the far right in Gabriel von Max's masterpiece, "Affen als Kunstrichter" ["Monkeys as Art Critics"] (1889), in the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Neue Pinokothek, Munich, was based directly upon our photograph:  


Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection