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Abduction (Entführung), from the Glove (Ein Handschuh) series

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Abduction (Entführung), from the Glove (Ein Handschuh) series

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Max Klinger
German, 1857–1920

Date

1880–81, published 1924

Medium

Etching and aquatint on wove paper

Accession #

1977.7 I

Dimensions

3 1/2 × 8 5/8 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

The glove is abducted by a prehistoric-looking animal while the glove’s finder/Klinger reaches for it in vain through his window. Klinger’s alternate title for this print was Dream’s End: the end of hope and desire but also the end of nightmare and anxiety.

Klinger’s winged abductor resembles a pterodactyl. It may have been inspired by ongoing scientific debates about the appearance of extinct animals known only through their skeletal remains.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Lawrence and Alfred Fox Foundation for the Ralph K. Uhry Collection

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