Max Ernst. Stratified Rocks, Nature's Gift of Gneiss Lava Iceland Moss.... (1920)
Max Ernst

Stratified Rocks, Nature's Gift of Gneiss Lava Iceland Moss...

(1920)
Not on view
Medium
Gouache and pencil on printed paper on cardstock
Dimensions
7 1/2 x 9 1/2" (19.1 x 24.1 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
280.1937
Copyright
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Drawings and Prints

The source for this overpainting is an equine anatomical diagram from a teaching-aids supply catalogue (the Bibliotheca Paedagogica, 1914), which the artist turned upside down. Ernsts inscription reads: "Stratified rocks, natures gift of gneiss lava Icelandic moss 2 kinds of lungwort 2 kinds of ruptures of the perinaeum growths of the heart b) the same thing in a well-polished little box somewhat more expensive."

Gallery label from Dada, June 18–September 11, 2006

Provenance Research Project
This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
[Hans Arp]
Tristan Tzara, Paris
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from Tristan Tzara, 1937

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Pictured above: Vasily Kandinsky. Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 2 (detail). 1914. Oil on canvas, 64 1/8 x 48 3/8" (162.6 x 122.7 cm). Nelson A. Rockefeller Fund (by exchange). © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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