Gabriel von Max

 

 Bitter Experiences

oil on canvas

circa 1906

Gabriel von Max (Prague 1840-1915 Munich)


"Sauer Erfahrungen"

     ["Bitter Experiences" or "Sour Experiences"]

     also known as Äffchen (Affe) mit Zitrone

     (Little Monkey with Lemon, or Grapefruit)

 

     circa 1906

 

     oil on canvas

     34,5 x 26,5 cm (13 5/8 x 10 7/16 in.)

 

     signed lower left: G. v. Max

     inscribed upper right: Sauere [sic] Erfahrungen



Provenance:


1906-1912     Galerie Heinemann, Munich, inventory no. 8074

                      http://heinemann.gnm.de/en/artwork-7196.htm


1912 -- ?        Dr. Henry Smidt (Schmidt?), Düsseldorf (a medical doctor)



Exhibition History:


"Die Kraftprobe - 200 Jahre Kunstakademie München," Haus der Kunst, Munich, May 30-Aug. 31, 2008


"Gabriel von Max: Be-tailed Cousins and Phantasms of the Soul," Frye Art Museum, Seattle, July 9-   Oct. 30, 2011



Publication History:


Nikolaus Gerhart, Walter Grasskamp, Florian Matzner, eds., 200 Jahre Akademie der Bildenden Künste München (Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2008), ill. pg. 186.


Aleš Filip and Roman Musil, eds., Gabriel von Max (1840-1915) (Prague: Arbor vitae, 2011), ill. 240, pg. 185.


Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, ed., Gabriel von Max (Seattle: Frye Art Museum, 2011), ill. 57, pgs. 74-75.


Karin Althaus, Gabriel von Max, Von ekstatischen Frauen und Affen im Salon, Gemälde zwischen Wahn und Wissenschaft (Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 2018), ill. 36, pg. 95.


2038, The New Serenity, a video featuring Sauer Erfahrungen that was screened as part of the “Disappearing Berlin” series at Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin (Christopher Roth, filmmaker), February 2020. See The New Serenity video on YouTube.  Team 2038 is an interdisciplinary creative group representing Germany in the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale 2020.  See Elena Ferrari, "2038, The New Serenity: Germany at The Venice Architecture Biennale 2020," Domus magazine, February 19, 2020.




It appears that Gabriel von Max based this painting, at least in part, on a photograph that his brother, Heinrich Max, took of the cadaver of a capuchin monkey, circa 1870.  See photograph, below.
Heinrich Max,
cadaver of a capuchin monkey,
circa 1870, 
photograph
(not owned by The Daulton Collection)

See Aleš Filip and Roman Musil, eds., Gabriel von Max (1840-1915) (Prague: Arbor vitae, 2011), ill. 239, pg. 184.
The same monkey appears in the famous Gabriel von Max painting "Affen als Kunstrichter" ["Monkeys as Art Critics"] (1889), in the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Neue Pinokothek, Munich.  

See below (red highlighting added):
detail:

Contact:

Jack Daulton

The Jack Daulton Collection

Los Altos Hills, California

info@gabrielvonmax.com