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65 Maximiliana

Illustrated book with 28 etchings (nine with aquatint) and six aquatints, page (each, approx.): 16 1/4 x 11 13/16″ (41.3 x 40 cm); overall: 16 3/4 x 13 3/8 x 1 3/16″ (42.5 x 34 x 3 cm). Publisher: Le Degré Quarante et Un (Iliazd), Paris. Typography and layout: Iliazd (Il’ia Zdanevich), Paris. Printers (etchings): Georges Visat and Louis Lemoine, Paris. Printer (text): Imprimerie Union, Paris. Edition: 65. Gift of David S. Orentreich, MD, 2015. Photos: Peter Butler. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Max Ernst. 65 Maximiliana or the Illegal Practice of Astronomy (65 Maximiliana ou l’exercise illegal de l’astronomie). 1964

Illustrated book with 28 etchings (nine with aquatint) and six aquatints, page (each, approx.): 16 1/4 x 11 13/16″ (41.3 x 40 cm); overall: 16 3/4 x 13 3/8 x 1 3/16″ (42.5 x 34 x 3 cm). Publisher: Le Degré Quarante et Un (Iliazd), Paris. Typography and layout: Iliazd (Il’ia Zdanevich), Paris. Printers (etchings): Georges Visat and Louis Lemoine, Paris. Printer (text): Imprimerie Union, Paris. Edition: 65. Gift of David S. Orentreich, MD, 2015. Photos: Peter Butler. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

65 Maximiliana is the culmination of Ernst’s profound engagement with illustrated books. The project was a collaboration between the artist and Iliazd (Il’ia Zdanevich), a Georgian-born book designer and publisher. The title refers to a planetoid discovered in 1861 by the unsung German astronomer Ernst Wilhelm Tempel, who named it in honor of Maximilian II, then king of Bavaria. Ernst’s text and biomorphic aquatints pay homage to Tempel as a kindred spirit seeking to represent domains outside ordinary human perception; they are complemented by the typography that Iliazd designed to float, constellation-like, across each page. Ernst also added a hieroglyphic script of his own invention to many of the pages.

See this work in Max Ernst: Beyond Painting, on view September 23, 2017–January 1, 2018. The translations are by Natalie Dupêcher (French), with Charlotte Barat; Christian Rattemeyer (German), with Hillary Reder; and Talia Kwartler (Italian).

Illustrated book with 28 etchings (nine with aquatint) and six aquatints, page (each, approx.): 16 1/4 x 11 13/16″ (41.3 x 40 cm); overall: 16 3/4 x 13 3/8 x 1 3/16″ (42.5 x 34 x 3 cm). Publisher: Le Degré Quarante et Un (Iliazd), Paris. Typography and layout: Iliazd (Il’ia Zdanevich), Paris. Printers (etchings): Georges Visat and Louis Lemoine, Paris. Printer (text): Imprimerie Union, Paris. Edition: 65. Gift of David S. Orentreich, MD, 2015. Photos: Peter Butler. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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