An old cartoon involving Mahler and the Bruckner Monument in Vienna

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Ever since the Viktor Tilgner Bruckner Monument was installed at the Stadtpark in Vienna, there were jokes about the adoring lady on the base of the monument.

This cartoon appeared in the magazine, "Kikeriki (cock-a-doodle-doo)" in issue No. 39 in 1899 just after the monument was installed.

Text of the caricature:
"Mahler: Mir scheint eppes, die Figur will etwas von mir?
Anmerkung des Kikeriki: Na freilich! Sie sagt: Gehst net weiter, Du musikalischer Bamschabel!".

The following translation was provided by a colleague. It contains idioms and slang from the era so a literal translation would be difficult.

Mahler: "It seems a little bit as the figure wants something from me?"
Annotating by the magazine: "Of course! She says: 'You don't go away, you musical Scalawag!'"

This cartoon, in relation with the time that it was published may well contain undertones of Antisemitism. It is presented here in its context with the history of the Bruckner monument in Vienna and its transformation over time.

For more information about the sad history of the monument's original base, click here.

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