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

Max Ernst

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

1920

Medium
Cut-and-pasted printed paper with pencil and gouache on printed paper on cardstock
Dimensions
8 7/8 x 11 7/8" (22.5 x 30.2 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
241.1935
Copyright
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Max Ernst has 235 works  online.
There are 15,095 drawings online.

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

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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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