Max Ernst The Horse He's Sick (Un Peu malade le cheval) 1920

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In many of Ernst’s Dada overpaintings and collages, he appropriated images from the Bibliotheca Paedagogica (1914), a catalogue of anatomical and biological teaching materials for students in elementary through high school. This work is based on a lithograph of a cross section of a meat fly, which Ernst excised whole from the Bibliotheca and transformed by reorienting it, affixing to it three additional elements (birds, angiosperm, and a tall oven) and adding a ground line in pencil to create a “sick” horse in a landscape.

Gallery label from Max Ernst: Beyond Painting, September 23, 2017-January 1, 2018.
Cut-and-pasted printed paper with pencil and gouache on printed paper on cardstock
8 7/8 x 11 7/8" (22.5 x 30.2 cm)
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© 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
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André Breton, Paris. Given to him by the artist
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, summer 1935

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