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The Chronicler (recto and verso)

A work made of graphite, heightened with white goauche (recto and verso), on tan wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of graphite, heightened with white goauche (recto and verso), on tan wove paper.


April 5, 1888 (recto); April 6, 1888 (verso)


Max Klinger
German, 1857-1920

About this artwork

Drawings by the Symbolist artist Max Klinger are very rare. This intimate drawing was completed over April 5-6, 1888, while the artist was staying in Rome on the Via Claudia near the Colisseum. This sensitive figure drawing helped to prepare Klinger’s most important painting of those years, The Crucifixion, 1888/1891. In an almost autobiographical reflection, it depicts the scribe who unemotionally documents the world’s greatest tragedy that rages around him.


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Max Klinger


The Chronicler (recto and verso)


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Graphite, heightened with white goauche (recto and verso), on tan wove paper


Signed: "M.K. / April 5, 1888"


43.2 × 30 cm (17 1/16 × 11 13/16 in.)

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Harold Joachim Purchase Fund

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