Max Klinger

Max Klinger

Emil Orlík (Czech, 1870–1932)

Max Klinger, 1902

Red chalk on ivory laid paper

Emil Orlík is best remembered as a master printmaker, even traveling to Japan to study woodcut techniques. Orlik’s early studies were in the private school of Heinrich Kniss where Paul Klee was a fellow pupil. After his military service, Orlik moved to Munich where he worked for the satirical and cultural magazine, Jugend.

Orlik was probably in Munich when he did this powerful portrait of Max Klinger (1857–1920), a German symbolist sculptor, painter, and printmaker, one of the most successful artists of his era in Germany.