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Study for "Narcissus and Echo I", 1879

Max Klinger
German, 1857 - 1920
pen and black ink with grey wash over graphite on wove paper
30 x 41.7 cm
Purchased 1994
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37181)

In this study for an etching in his 1879 portfolio "Rescues of Ovid’s Victims", Klinger sketches out the basic compositional elements: the framing devices, the tripartite division of the story, and the foreground figures and trees. He uses ink and, notably, wash, to define the quasi-architectural frame and indicate the areas to be shaded in the print.

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