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In the Forest, 1883

Max Klinger
German, 1857 - 1920
etching on japan paper
62.5 x 45.5 cm; plate: 45.7 x 31.7 cm
Purchased 1978
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23131.8)

This print is the only one in the series without human figures. In an isolated part of a forest, amid shadows and flecks of moonlight through trees, a letter, clothes, and a workman's hat lie abandoned by the side of a path. These objects suggest that a suicide has been committed. Contemporary newspapers reported that suicide was becoming an increasingly frequent occurrence among workers and tradesmen after German unification and the rise of industrialism in the early 1870s.

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