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...


Not on view
Gouache and pencil on printed paper on cardstock
7 1/2 x 9 1/2" (19.1 x 24.1 cm)
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© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
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Max Ernst has 145 works online.
There are 9,602 drawings online.

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

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[Hans Arp]
Tristan Tzara, Paris
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from Tristan Tzara, 1937

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