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Title

Marble bust of Elsa Asenijeff, from the album Intermezzi Max Klinger

circa 1900


Artist

Unknown

Germany


About

This photograph depicts a marble sculpture by German Symbolist Max Klinger (1857–1920). A painter, printmaker, sculptor and writer, Klinger influenced the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch and has been identified as a connective link between the Symbolist movement of the 19th century and the Metaphysical and Surrealist movements of the 20th century. While his work entwines a penchant for metaphysical anxiety with the fantastical it also presents an element of social criticism. Klinger counterbalanced a predilection for illusion with a concern for reality, often using his work as a framework to address societal issues including the plight of women, urban violence and poverty.

The artistic output of his later career was dominated by sculpture. Much of his sculptural work, including this marble bust, projects an unsettling and eerie demeanour. With its pursed lips, raised eyebrows and furtive sideways glance the figure in this sculpture appears as if she were just about to spring to life in spite of the fact that half her torso is encased in a sheath of loosely shaped and globular marble. Elsa Asenijeff, the woman portrayed here, was a writer who was in a relationship with Klinger at the time he produced the sculpture.


Details


Date

circa 1900


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

16.6 x 11.8 cm sight


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1983


Location

Not on display


Accession number

199.1983


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Memory Jockisch Holloway and Irena Zdanowicz, Max Klinger: love, death, and the beyond, Melbourne, 1981. cat.no. 9