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Max Klinger
1857 - 1920
GERMAN
NEREIDEN IN GROSSER MUSCHEL (THE SHELL RIDERS)
signed with the monogram lower right
oil on canvas
56 by 233cm., 22 by 91¾in.
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Provenance

Galerie Brutscher, Munich (by 1964)
Kurt Liebermeister, Munich

Exhibited

Dresden, Große Kunstausstellung, 1912
Munich, Haus der Kunst, Secession, Europäische Kunst um die Jahrhundertwende, 1964, no. 269

Literature

Willy Pastor, Max Klinger, Berlin, 1918, p. 85, illustrated
Renate Hartleb, 'Die Geschichte der Max Klinger Sammlung im Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig. Biographie', in Herwig Guratsch, Max Klinger. Bestandskatalog der Bildwerke, Gemälde und Zeichnungen im Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig, 1996, p. 34

Catalogue Note

A first version of the present work was conceived and executed by Klinger in 1883-84 as one of ten wall murals for the Villa Albers in Berlin, depicting sea allegories (see Alexander Dückers, Max Klinger, Berlin, 1976, p. 112). Smaller in size and unsigned, this first version is now in the collection of the National Gallery, Berlin. Affected by dry rot, the interior of Villa Albers had to be dismantled in 1889. Following the disposal of the murals, Klinger painted the present work circa 1912 as a réplique for a reconstruction of the interior of the Villa Albers to be shown at the Große Kunstausstellung Dresden of that year.

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