Max Klinger, Die Chausee, 1883, Blatt 2 der Folge: Vier Landschaften

Max Klinger. Opus VII

Four Landscapes

Featuring merely four landscape representations Opus VII is the shortest of Max Klinger's print cycles. It was created in 1883 when Klinger, aged 26 and living in Berlin, delved deep into the French impressionistic style. The suffused pathos in the romantic perceptions of landscape is dismantled and what is apparently mundane steps to the foreground of the images. The four sheets hence show industrial landscapes drawn from sites in and around Leipzig. Yet nevertheless Klinger, with a tantalising fascination and unlike his impressionist colleagues, succeeds in wresting mysterious, eerie trace elements from even the most run of the mill landscapes.