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Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max at Lenbachhaus, Munich

Posted in Beaux Arts, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Medicine / Anatomy by Suzanne on December 21st, 2010 | BBC Wikipedia


Der Atelierbesuch by Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max - click to enlarge

Whether it was painting the darkly erotic subtleties of religious ecstasy or revealing the primate nature behind human thirst for knowledge and destruction thereof in a time of great inventions, Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max (previously featured here) excelled at it.

Much like Goya, his animal portrays are way more than just allegorical or metaphorical depictions of human behaviour, they have a profundity and clarity that transcends the canvas.


Die ekstatische Jungfrau Katharina Emmerich by Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max, 1885 - click to enlarge

A true homo universalis, von Max was a naturalist, anthropologist, philosopher, mythicist, parapsychologist, Darwinist, anatomist, ethnographer, but first and foremost, he was a very empathetic painter.

Munich's Lenbachhaus Kunstbau is currently remembering the great master with a beautifully curated retrospective entitled Malerstar, Darwinist, Spiritist and I couldn't have put it better.

This is one not to miss if you're in Germany between now and the end of January. Details below.


Affe vor Skelett by Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 23, 2010 - Jan 30, 2011

Address: Kunstbau, Königsplatz / U-Bahn, Zwischengeschoss, 80333 München, Germany, tel: +49 89 233 32 00 0 | Directions

Gallery hours: Tue - Sun: 10 AM - 6 PM

Admission: 8 €

Preview show

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6 comments to " Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max at Lenbachhaus, Munich "

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    Tweets that mention Suzanne G. - Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max at Lenbachhaus, Munich -- Topsy.com says:

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Maria Fidalgo, Rodrigo Luff. Rodrigo Luff said: more of his work here, he's from the 1800's of course! http://bit.ly/i1hBqF [...]

    December 25th, 2010 at 11:39 am

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    Thomas Gauck says:

    Es gibt so viele wunderbare Meisterwerke!

    December 27th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Genau. Ist das nicht toll? :D

    December 27th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

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    gail potocki says:

    I think you would like my paintings

    January 11th, 2011 at 2:45 am

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    Suzanne says:

    Hey there, Gail. I'm indeed familiar with your work and adore it! I've also blogged about you a few years back.

    I think I'm already on your mailing list but please do let me know when you have an exhibition et al. coming up. I would love to post about it! x

    January 14th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

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    Suzanne Gerber – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Gabriel von Max at Frye Art Museum, Seattle says:

    [...] in collaboration with the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus whose own von Max retrospective I blogged about here but the Frye show seems to be focussing more on the religious and ecstatic [...]

    July 25th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

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