Gabriel von Max


Das Liebesgeheimnis

(The Secret of Love)

oil on canvas, 1880


Gabriel von Max

"Das Liebesgeheimnis" ("The Love Secret" or "The Secret of Love"), also known as "Whispers of Anticipation"



oil on canvas

107 x 83,9 cm (40 x 33 in.)


signed lower left: "Gab.Max"


private collection, Berlin, by 1890

subsequently with Gallery Mayo (Robert B. Mayo), Richmond, Virginia

anonymous sale, Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, November 22, 1994, lot 2903 (as "Whispers of Anticipation")

private collection, Boston area, Massachusetts



Publication History

John Denison Champlin, Jr., ed., Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1887), Vol. III, referenced as "Secret."

Nicolaus Mann, Gabriel Max, Eine kunsthistorische Skizze (Leipzig: Verlagsbuchhandlung von J. J. Weber, second, expanded edition 1890), referenced and illustrated.

Friedrich von Boetticher, Malerwerke des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts, 4 volumes, Third, unchanged reprinting, (Hofheim am Taunus: H. Schmidt & C. Günther, 1979) (initially Fr. v. Boetticher's Verlag, Dresden 1891–1901), here volume one, second half, no. 78 (referenced without illustration) (reports location as Berlin at that time).

Meisterwerke der Holzschneidekunst, Vol. 8 (Leipzig: J. J. Weber, 1893), wood engraving.


Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection