Gabriel von Max


(Return of the Starlings),

oil on panel, circa 1900-15


Gabriel von Max


     ["Return of the Starlings"]

     (Monkey Gazing Upward)


     circa 1900-1915


     oil on wood panel

     30,3 x 23,8 cm (11 5/16 x 9 3/8 in.)


     signed lower left: G. v. Max

     inscribed lower right: Staarerückkehr

Catalogue Raisonné: Richter 393


Rudolf Bangel auction house, Frankfurt am Main, May 31, 1927.  Gemälde Neuerer Meister Darunter eine Bekannte Privatsammlung und aus Verschiedenem Besitz, Katalog 1099, Lot No. 91, illustrated Tafel 9.

Exhibition History:

2011     "Gabriel von Max: Be-tailed Cousins and Phantasms of the Soul," Frye Art Museum, Seattle, July 9-Oct. 30, 2011

Publication History:

Margaret Mary Richter, Gabriel Max: The Artist, The Darwinist and The Spiritualist, PhD dissertation, New York University, 1998 (Ann Arbor: UMI Dissertation Services, 1998), cat. no. 393, at pg. 492 (not illustrated).

Aleš Filip and Roman Musil, eds., Gabriel von Max (1840-1915) (Prague: Arbor vitae, 2011), ill. 274, pg. 206.

Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, ed., Gabriel von Max (Seattle: Frye Art Museum, 2011), ill. 41, pg. 55.

Gabriel von Max appears to be exploring here with his monkey subject a theme (perhaps metaphorical) that he explored earlier in his career when the subject was a beautiful woman in paintings such as Schwalbenruckkehr [Swallows Return].


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