Johannes Theodor Baargeld (Alfred Emanuel Ferdinand Gruenwald). The Red King. 1920
Medium
Ink on printed wallpaper
Dimensions
19 3/8 x 15 1/4" (49.2 x 38.7 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
283.1937
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Johannes Theodor Baargeld (Alfred Emanuel Ferdinand Gruenwald) has 4 works online.
There are 14,340 drawings online.

The support used for this work is supposedly wallpaper torn from Max Ernst's own walls. Wheels, screws, rods, and inscriptions are drawn in to create the appearance of a technical diagram of an enigmatic machine. The central wheel is inscribed "Le Curé" (The priest), and warnings such as "Ne touchez pas cette tête" (Do not touch this head) and "Méfiez vous des loueurs de chambres" (Beware of those who rent rooms), along with directives, "Marchez marchez" (Go) and the declaration, "enfant je tai...donné ce que j'avais" (Child I gave you...what I had), suggest themes of danger and vulnerability.

Gallery label from Dada, June 18–September 11, 2006

This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
Tristan Tzara, Paris. Acquired from the artist, probably December 1920
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from the above, 1937

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