Gabriel von Max

 Stone-Age Man 

circa 1890s  

pencil on paper


Steinzeitmensch [Stone-Age Man]


     circa 1890s


     pencil on paper

     measurements in cm: 33,0 x 21,0 (image/sheet)


     Inscribed upper right: Chelléu


Provenance:  Estate of the Artist

Publication History:

1980     Im Haus des Affenmalers Gabriel Max, a film by Percy Adlon

The drawing's inscription Chelléu appears to be a reference to the prehistoric site of Chelles near Paris, where, in the mid-19th century, anthropologist Louis Laurent Gabriel de Mortillet discovered Paleolithic artifacts.  Mortillet assigned these artifacts (stone tools) to a period he called Chellean or Chellian, a period now known as Olduwan.  The reference attests to the depth of von Max's knowledge of the nascent field of paleoanthropology and reveals how these discoveries captured his artistic imagination.


Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection

Los Altos Hills, California