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Max Ernst

Germany (Bruhl 1891 -  Parigi 1976 ) Wikipedia® : Max Ernst
ERNST Max Le Facteur Automne

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May 14, 2019
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Max Ernst - La Forêt

Max Ernst - La Forêt

Original 1925
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Lot number: 386
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Max Ernst LA FORÊT 1891 - 1976 Signed max ernst (lower right) Oil on canvas 21 3/4 by 18 1/8 in. 55 by 46 cm Painted in 1925. Provenance Marie Cuttoli, Paris Galerie de l'Île-de-France, Paris (acquired by 1972) Galerie Cazeau-Béraudière, Paris Private Collection, United States (acquired from the above and sold: Christie's, New York, May 9, 2013, lot 322) Acquired at the above sale by the present owner Exhibited Caen, Maison de la culture,Mars autour du Surréalisme, 1965, n.n. Basel, Galerie Beyeler,Collection Marie Cuttoli, Henri Laugier, 1970, no. 24 (dated 1926) Krefeld, Krefelder Kunstverein,Max Ernst, Frottagen und Collagen, 1972, no. 32, illustrated in the catalogue Rome, Museo del Corso,Max Ernst e i suoi amici surrealisti, 2002, n.n., illustratedin the catalogue La Coruña, Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza,Surrealismo, Max Ernst y sus amigos surrealistas, 2004,illustrated in the catalogue (dated 1926) Literature Surrealismo (exhibition catalogue), Levi Arte Moderna, Milan, 1974, no. 13, illustrated in colorn.p. Werner Spies, Sigrid & Günter Metken,Max Ernst, Werke 1925-1929, Cologne, 1976, no. 931, illustrated p. 72 Suzanne Slesin,Over the Top, Helena Rubenstein, Extraordinary Style, Beauty, Art, Fashion, and Design, New York, 2003, illustratedin situp. 167 Catalogue Note Painted in 1925,La Forêtbelongs to one of the most creative periods in Max Ernst\’s oeuvre, marked by a constant stream of technical experimentation and invention. It was during these years that the artist established his visual universe of themes and images that were to become central to his entire career. One of Ernst\’s key subjects was the forest, and it was in the series ofForêtpaintings of the 1920s that Ernstfirstexplored his newly developedgrattagetechnique. His experimentation withthe application of pigment onto the surface had resulted in the discovery offrottageearlier in the year: fascinated by the rich texture of floorboards, Ernst would place sheets of paper onto their surface and rub over them with graphite. This would result in various relief-like forms that suggested particular images to the artist, and with a few strokes added by hand he would arrive at fantastic and unexpected compositions. Using the same formal principles as frottage, Ernst created thegrattagetechnique utilizing oil and canvas. Werner Spies explains, \“Adapting this technique to the medium of oil painting, Ernst would cover the canvas with layers of paint and place it over an uneven surface or an object. He would then scrape the pigment off the surface, and complex patterns would emerge. Spies further elucidates how Ernst would lay \“his canvas over various objects with raised textures—pieces of wood and string, grates, textured glass panes—and, drawing the paint over them with a palette knife, brought forth the most vivid effects. In the course of the following years—years which William Rubin has called the \‘heroic epoch of Surrealist painting\’—this technique, known as grattage, led to astonishingly innovative imagery\” (Werner Spies,Max Ernst: A Retrospective(exhibition catalogue), Tate Gallery, London, 1991, p. 148). This early treatment of wood evokes Ernst\’s childhood in Brühl near the expansive Kottenforst while also expressing an affinity for the German Romantics. In 1956 Ernst\’s biographer Patrick Waldberg first argued that the artist\’s link with his predecessors was not so much in the actual work as it was in his attitude toward life and the problems of creativity. Scholar Karin von Maur observes how \“in the 1920s it is again not so much direct references to German Romanticism as a certain affinity of mood that is found in Max Ernst\’s work. This is most apparent in the \‘Forest\’ paintings, if for no other reason than that they have recourse to a motif with a long and rich tradition in Germany…This tradition, replete with mystical meanings and tied to notions of German nationhood, had been appropriated by a wave of cloying, patriotic neo-Romantic painting, and it took an artist of Ernst\’s unencumbered, Dadaist frame of mind to revive a motif so burdened with significance\” (Karin von Maur, \”Max Ernst and Romanticism," inMax Ernst: A Retrospective(exhibition catalogue), Tate Gallery, London, 1991, pp. 342-43).
Max Ernst - Portrait D\’ Un Ancêtre

Max Ernst - Portrait D\’ Un Ancêtre

Original 1975
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Lot number: 189
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Max ErnstFollow Portrait d\’ un ancêtre (Portrait of an ancestor) incised with the artist\’s signature and number \“max ernst VI/VII\” and stamped with the Valsuani foundry mark on the reverse bronze with green patina 17 x 11 x 8 in. (43 x 28 x 20 cm.) Executed in 1975, this work is number 6 from an edition of 7 and is accompanied by a photo-certificate stamped with the artist\’s monogram.
Max Ernst - Le Facteur Automne

Max Ernst - Le Facteur Automne

Original 1957
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Lot number: 369
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Max Ernst (1891-1976) Le facteur automne signed 'max ernst' (lower right); signed again, dated and titled 'Le Facteur automne max ernst 57' (on the reverse) oil on panel 9 ½ x 7 3/8 in. (24.1 x 18.8 cm.) Painted in 1957 Provenance Cynthia and Edward Lasker, Los Angeles (1963). Private collection, Los Angeles (by descent from the above, 2010). Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2014.
Max Ernst - La Mer

Max Ernst - La Mer

Original 1925
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Lot number: 112
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Max Ernst (1891-1976) La Mer signed 'max ernst' (lower right) and titled 'la mer' (lower left) pencil and frottage on paper 10 5/8 x 8 3/8 in. (27 x 21.5 cm.) Executed in 1925 Provenance René Crevel, Paris. Anon. sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., London, 7 December 1983, lot 557. Anon. sale, Sotheby's, New York, 12 February 2004, lot 48. (probably) Acquired at the above sale by the late owner.
Max Ernst - A La Nage

Max Ernst - A La Nage

Original 1950
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Lot number: 61A
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Max Ernst (1891-1976) A la nage signed and dated \‘max ernst 50\’ (lower right); signed and dated again, titled and inscribed \‘max ernst PARIS 1950 à la nage\’ (on the reverse) oil on canvas 28 5/8 x 36 1/8 in. (72.8 x 91.8 cm.) Painted in 1950 Provenance Pierre Loeb, Paris. Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London. E.J. Power, London. Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., London (by 1962). Cecil "Titi" Blaffer von Fürstenberg, Houston (acquired from the above, 1963). By descent from the above to the present owners.
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