Max Ernst. Woman, Old Man, and Flower (Weib, Greis und Blume). Paris 1923, Eaubonne 1924

Max Ernst

Woman, Old Man, and Flower (Weib, Greis und Blume)

Paris 1923, Eaubonne 1924

Oil on canvas
38 x 51 1/4" (96.5 x 130.2 cm)
Object number
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Max Ernst has 235 works  online.
There are 2,383 paintings online.

Ernst painted the first state of this composition in 1923, the year after he moved from Cologne to Paris to join the nascent Surrealist group. He subsequently modified elements of this picture. Most astonishingly, he added the mysterious, partially transparent, partially modeled, fantopped figure in the foreground, presumably the flower referenced in the title. Even before leaving Germany, Ernst had been thinking about translating the collage and overpainting strategies of his small Dada works on paper into oil on canvas. The results achieved included radical leaps in scale, intensified colors, and what he described to fellow Dadaist Tristan Tzara as “a much insaner effect.”

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

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Max Ernst, Paris and Eaubonne.

Johanna Ey (Galerie Ey), Düsseldorf, acquired from the artist.

Paul Gustave and Norine Van Hecke, Brussels, acquired from Johanna Ey.

C. 1930 - February 1-2, 1932, Walter Schwarzenberg (Galerie Le Centaure), Brussels.

February 1-2, 1932 - November 1937, Victor Servranckx, Brussels, purchased at auction through Galerie Georges Giroux, Brussels from Walter Schwarzenberg.

November 1937, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, purchased from Victor Servranckx.

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