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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


Max Klinger
German, 1857–1920


1880–81, published 1924


Etching and aquatint on wove paper

Accession #

1977.7 I


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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.


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