Max Ernst. Adam and Eve Expelled from the Garden of Eden (Adam et Eve chassés du Paradis). 1946–47

Max Ernst

Adam and Eve Expelled from the Garden of Eden (Adam et Eve chassés du Paradis)

1946–47

Medium
Gouache on cardstock
Dimensions
1/2" x 1 3/8" (1.4 x 3.6 cm)
Credit
Gift of Pierre Matisse in memory of Patricia Kane Matisse
Object number
464.1978
Copyright
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is on view on Floor 2, in an Exhibitions Gallery, with 99 other works online.
Max Ernst has 234 works  online.
There are 14,913 drawings online.

In this microscopic painting, Ernst has, paradoxically, created a vast landscape. Despite the title, no figures of Adam and Eve can be found within the reticulated textures of the paint. Ernst was, perhaps, making ironic reference to a story that looms large in the history of art. He was probably also alluding to the move that he and his wife, artist Dorothea Tanning, had recently made from New York to the sandstone desert of Sedona, Arizona. The painting is one of several tiny works Ernst called “Microbes” and made, in part, because they could be easily transported.

Gallery label from Max Ernst: Beyond Painting, September 23, 2017-January 1, 2018

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