Paraphrases about the Finding of a Glove  

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"A Glove" (German: Ein Handschuh), also called Paraphrases about the Finding of a Glove (printed 1881) is a series of ten etchings by Max Klinger. These pictures were based on images which came to Klinger in dreams after finding a glove at an ice-skating rink. In the leitmotic device of a glove—belonging to a woman whose face we never see—Klinger anticipated the research of Freud and Kraft-Ebbing on fetish objects. In this case, the glove becomes a symbol for the artist's romantic yearnings, finding itself, in each plate, in different dramatic situations, and performing the role that we might expect the figure of the beloved herself to fulfil. Semioticians have also seen in the symbol of the glove an example of a sliding signifier, or signifier without signified—in this case, the identity of the woman which Klinger is careful to conceal. The plates suggest various psychological states or existential crises faced by the artist protagonist (who bears a striking resemblance to the young Klinger).

List of prints

  • Ort / Place[1]
  • Handlung / The Act[2]
  • Wünsche / Desires[3]
  • Rettung / The Rescue[4]
  • Triumph[5]
  • Huldigung / Homage[6]
  • Ängste / Fears[7]
  • Ruhe / Tranquility[8]
  • Entführung / The Abduction[9]
    • A strange animal, "half alligator, half bat,"[10] flies off with the glove, the print is reminiscent of Le Ministère de la Marine by Charles Meryon.
  • Amor / Cupid[11]

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