One of the most controversial artists of the late nineteenth century, Gabriel von Max (1840-1915) "set hearts beating violently" with his paintings of a somnambulant, crucified woman with a full-blooded swain at her feet and an anatomist pulling back diaphanous cloth from the alabaster corpse of a beautiful young woman. Max's portrayal of the biblical tale of Jairus's daughter being raised from the dead, his polemical depiction of vivisection, and his paintings of melancholic monkeys engaged in various humanlike endeavors stirred the emotions and public debates of his day.
This first publication in English to focus on Gabriel von Max reintroduces the artist's accomplishments and examines the reception of his work in the New World that so fascinated him. Essays by leading European art historians are accompanied by extraordinary illustrations of Max's work and his fictitious account of an adventurous journey to America.
Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker is director of the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and former director of the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich and the Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada. Other contributors include Karin Althaus, Susanne Boller, Ales Filip, Helmut Hess, and Roman Musil.
Foreword; Acknowledgments Be-tailed Cousins and Phantasms of the Soul; Female Martyrs; "From Christ - to an Orangutan"; The Vivisector; Gabriel von Max and America; Recollections of a Trip to America; Gabriel von Max and the Art Reproduction Industry; Gabriel von Max (1840-1915) List of Works; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index of Names; Contributors In addition to Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, contributors include Karin Althaus, Susanne Boller, Ales Filip, Helmut Hess, and Roman Musil