New York, Park Avenue
22 May 1996
Max Klinger (German, 1857-1920)
'Cassandra', A Bronze Figure
inscribed 'Mx. Klinger fec'
22¾in. (57.8cm.) high, including marble base, rich brown patina
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P. Kühn, Max Klinger, Leipzig, 1907, pp. 379-84 and 392-7
A. Dückers, Max Klinger, Berlin, 1976, pp. 57 and 81
Frankfurt-am-Main, Städtische Galerie, Max Klinger 1857-1920, 1992, nos. 43-6
Max Klinger studied at the Academies of Karlsruhe and Berlin and achieved fame for his painting as well as his sculpture.
We know from a letter written to his parents in 1882 that Klinger was working on a marble version of Cassandra in that year. The present bronze is a rare cast by Gladenbeck, authorized by Klinger. Cassandra is Klinger's most forceful image of woman, and it is a highly evocative illustration of Greek mythology.
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