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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Art Criticism

Gabriel Cornelius von Max (1840 - 1915)
Monkeys as Judges of Art 1889
Oil on canvas, 84,5 x 107,5 cm
Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany



Gabriel Cornelius von Max (1840 - 1915) studied at the Prague Academy and thereafter, starting 1858, at the Academy in Vienna, Max travelled to Munich in 1863 and then to Paris where he was inspired by Gustave Courbet and Éduard Manet.

Essentially a Symbolist painter but as the above painting shows he did not lack a sense of humour.

He surrounded himself with a family of monkeys, which he painted often.