Max Ernst. The Sea (Marine). 1928

Max Ernst The Sea (Marine) 1928

  • Not on view

Ernst applied thick plaster to the burlap support of The Sea, creating an exceptionally textured, uneven surface. He sprayed thinned pigment over the dried plaster with an atomizer, producing a quasi-photographic effect that evokes rocky terrain, which he left visible only in the upper half of the circle in the center. He covered the rest of the plaster with black paint, into which he incised an outline for the circle and a series of parallel intersecting lines. As a result, a glowing moon emerges from a darkened sea, with the vibrant bands of color suggesting illuminated waves. The subject reflects the artist’s abiding interest in nature and cosmology.

Gallery label from Max Ernst: Beyond Painting, September 23, 2017-January 1, 2018.
Medium
Oil on plaster on burlap
Dimensions
22 x 18 1/2" (55.9 x 47 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
85.1936
Copyright
© 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Painting and Sculpture

Installation views

MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos.

If you notice an error, please contact us at digital@moma.org.

This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.

Galerie Bonaparte, Paris
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from Galerie Bonaparte, Paris, 1936

Provenance research is a work in progress, and is frequently updated with new information. If you have any questions or information to provide about the listed works, please email provenance@moma.org or write to:

Provenance Research Project
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze@scalarchives.com. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA's Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email text_permissions@moma.org. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives@moma.org.

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.