Gabriel von Max


cryptographic manuscript, dated October 23,1888


Gabriel von Max (1840-1915)

cryptographic or pictographic manuscript

(autograph letter with cryptographs or pictographs)

dated upper left "23.10.88." (October 23, 1888)

ink on paper

22,4 x 14,3 cm (8 13/16 x 5 5/8 in.)

(detail only shown above, two "pages" of four)

Probably a coded love letter to his second wife Ernestine Max nee Harlander.

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:

Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, ed., Gabriel von Max (Seattle: Frye Art Museum, 2011), pg. 110 (catalogued without illustration).


Susanne Böller, "Geheimcodes und Liebesbriefe [Secret Codes and Love Letters]," in Karin Althaus and Helmut Friedel, Gabriel von Max, Malerstar, Darwinist, Spiritist (München: Hirmer Verlag, 2010), at pp. 237-240.  A partial key to von Max's code appears on page 238.




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