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Action (Handlung), from the Glove (Ein Handschuh) series

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Action (Handlung), 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 B


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Events are set in motion when a young man (Klinger) retrieves the glove, apparently dropped unawares by the woman we see only from the back. The man’s loss of his hat may signify that he is also losing his head and about to enter the world of fantasies and dreams. The shift from a bright, rational foreground to a dark, mysterious background introduces a note of uncertainty.


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