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)

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
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Max Ernst has 150 works online.
There are 14,451 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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Tristan Tzara, Paris
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from Tristan Tzara, 1937

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