Max Klinger's "Ein Handschuh" (A Glove), 1881:
9. "Entführung" (Abduction)
Technique: Etching and aquatint, size of actual image: 8.9 x 21.9 cm.
This image is puzzling. The otherwise cunning glove does not seem to escape by its own will. Is this the same animal that was lurking in the previous picture? Is there need for another rescue now or is this just the end of dreaming? This strange animal, half alligator, half bat, cannot have flown through the window, since the holes in the broken glass are too small. The hands reach out in vain - the dream object is abducted by this animal, that obviously belongs to the dreamworld, or pre-history, pre-narrative, while the dreamer is safely secluded behind the bars of the window in the real world. The only link to the land of dreams and gloves is - of course - the outstretched hands. Klinger's alternate title for this image was "Traumes Ende", the end of the dream.
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