Gabriel von Max

Portrait of Gabriel von Max holding his baboon named Puk,

1902, albumen print


unknown photographer,

Portrait of Gabriel von Max holding his Baboon named Puk,


albumen print photograph

mounted on card (cabinet card)

17,7 x 12,3 cm

In this photograph, Gabriel von Max is holding his monkey named Puk, a young female baboon that he gave to the Berlin Zoo in 1902 (presumably because it was becoming too large and/or aggressive to be a pet).  For related photographs from the same day in the collection of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, see Karin Althaus and Helmut Friedel, eds., Gabriel von Max, Malerstar, Darwinist, Spiritist (München: Hirmer Verlag, 2010), ills. 312-314, pg. 310.

Publication History of this Print in The Daulton Collection:

Eva Bendová and Pavla Machalíková, eds., A Career with a Palette: The Artist, Art and Artistry in the 19th Century (Prazka, Czech Republic: The Gallery of West Bohemia, 2019)

Laura Bossi, ed., Les Origines du Monde: L'invention de la Nature au XIXe Siecle (Paris: Musée d’Orsay / Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal / Muséum national d’histoire naturelle / Gallimard, 2020) (exhibition catalogue), fig. 173, pg. 252.

Nathalie Bondil, "Gabriel von Max: 'Peintre de Singes et de Madones'," L'Objet d'Art, No. 573 (December 2020), pgs. 38-47, illustrated at pg. 45.


Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection