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...


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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© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
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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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