This website commemorates the work of the German art historian and philosopher Max Raphael (1889-1952). Maintained by a small group of editors, the Max Raphael Project aims to open up Max Raphael's writings to an English-speaking audience for purposes of research and education. The presented texts are subject to change and new material is constantly being added. Please feel free to contact one of the editors in case you find any errors or would like to contribute to the development of the website.
News & updates¶
Translation: Von Monet zu Picasso¶
A French translation was published of Von Monet zu Picasso, see De Monet à Picasso. It was translated by Françoise Delahaye and published by Klincksieck.
In addition, the bibliography of secondary sources was updated with additional articles by Françoise Delahaye, including one published in the latest number of Études Germaniques and titled "Max Raphael, de Von Monet zu Picasso à Wie will ein Kunstwerk gesehen sein? Esquisse d’une théorie normative de l’art". We thank Ms. Delahaye for pointing us to these articles.
24-05-2019, updated: 07-06-2019
Conference: Marxism(s) in Art Historiography¶
The following conference was brought to our attention: Marxism(s) in Art Historiography, Berlin, 31 Jan - 2 Feb 2020. The proposed period is 1945-today, which means that contributions on Max Raphael could focus on the reception of his work in the postwar period.
Essay: Raphaels Hand-Annäherungen¶
- Some cover images have been added to the primary bibliography. In addition, a full scan of the publication Groupe scolaire de l'Avenue Karl Marx á Villejuif (1933), has been added, for which Raphael wrote the introduction. It was scanned at the library of The New Institute in Rotterdam.
- A PDF of Werner Drewes essay Raphaels Hand-Annäherungen from Prähistorische Höhlenmalerei (1993) has been added to the bibliography of secondary sources. With many thanks to Mr. Drewes for allowing us to republish the essay.
Two articles published in recent years have been added to the bibliography of secondary sources:
- Regine Prange, Kunstgeschichte aus dem Geist der Gegenwart? Wölfflin und die Avantgarde (2016)
- Ingo Meyer, Simmel as a "Hidden King"? On his relations to Egon Friedell and Max Raphael (2018)
Both can be accessed online.
Translation: Von Monet zu Picasso¶
An English working translation of Von Monet zu Picasso by Patrick Healy et al has been added to the resources section.
Digital edition: Der Cicerone¶
A previously unpublished essay by Patrick Healy titled ‘Raphaels erste Epoche’, originally presented at the 1989 Max Raphael conference in Hamburg, has been added to the resources section. It serves as an introduction to Raphael’s autobiography and early writings.
Source: Prähistorische Höhlenmalerei¶
Thanks to Mr Werner Drewes, the following publication has been added to the bibliography:
Prähistorische Höhlenmalerei, Aufsätze, Briefe (Köln/Saignelégier: Bruckner & Thünker Verlag, 1993). Edited by Werner E. Drewes.
The book contains the original German typescript of Prehistoric Cave Paintings together with a selection of letters of Raphael from 1943-52 concerning the genesis of the work and addressed to Claude Schaefer, Emmy Jülich and Alis Guggenheim. It also includes an essay by Mr Drewes titled ‘Raphaels Hand-Annäherungen’.
Max Raphael’s Parisian address¶
Mr Yves Brocard kindly pointed us to a digitised address book of Pablo Picasso containing Max Raphael’s 1911/12 address in Paris: 11 Place du Panthéon. The address book can be consulted online here:
(There’s some discussion about the exact number: the entry from the notebook could also be read as 17. However, a 1912 open letter by Raphael (written under the pseudonym M.R. Schönlank) titled Lieber Herr Pechstein! is headed with the address ‘Paris, Place du Panthéon 11’.)
Essay: Cézanne in the critical work of Max Raphael¶
Added Patrick Healy's essay Cézanne in the critical work of Max Raphael.
Added transcription of Max Raphael's (Auto)biography.
- 2016: The Invention of Expressionism: Critical Writings 1910-1913, a collection of Max Raphael's early writings, translated by Patrick Healy with John Conolly and Brendan O'Byrne and published by November Editions.