Max Ernst. False Positions (Les Fausses positions) from Natural History (Histoire naturelle). c. 1925, published 1926

Max Ernst False Positions (Les Fausses positions) from Natural History (Histoire naturelle) c. 1925, published 1926

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Ernst created these images by placing paper atop various materials—wood floorboards, lengths of twine, leaves, wire mesh, crumpled paper, crusts of bread—and rubbing the surface with a pencil or crayon. Inspired by the resulting textures, he added details to transform them into fantastical landscapes, objects, and creatures. Ernst called his process frottage (French for “rubbing”) and claimed it as a form of Surrealist automatism, whereby an artist attempts to let the unconscious guide his hand in the creation of an image.

Gallery label from Max Ernst: Beyond Painting, September 23, 2017-January 1, 2018.
Medium
One from a portfolio of 34 collotypes after frottage
Dimensions
composition: 16 7/8 × 10 3/16" (42.8 × 25.9 cm); sheet: 19 5/8 × 12 11/16" (49.8 × 32.3 cm)
Publisher
Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
Printer
unknown
Edition
300
Credit
Gift of James Thrall Soby
Object number
29.1958.8
Copyright
© 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Portfolio
Natural History (Histoire naturelle)
Department
Drawings and Prints

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