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    Sale 7703

    Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper

    5 February 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 151

    Max Ernst (1891-1976)

    Rêve d'une petite fille qui voulut entrer au Carmel
    Marceline-Marie: 'Sous mon blanc vêtement venez avec moi, pies et harpies. Prenez des charbons ardents dans vos bec et...'

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    Max Ernst (1891-1976)
    Rêve d'une petite fille qui voulut entrer au Carmel
    Marceline-Marie: 'Sous mon blanc vêtement venez avec moi, pies et harpies. Prenez des charbons ardents dans vos bec et...'
    signed 'Max Ernst' (lower right)
    collage on paper
    6 5/8 x 5 in. (16.2 x 12.6 cm.)
    Executed in 1929-1930


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    Marceline-Marie: 'Sous mon blanc vêtement venez avec moi, pies et harpies. Prenez des charbons ardents dans vos bec et...' is one of 80 collages executed by Max Ernst for his 1930 collage-novel Rêve d'une petite fille qui voulut entrer au Carmel, the 'collage novel' being a book consisting purely of collaged illustrations and their captions. This form of collage technique was one Ernst began experimenting with in 1919, and involved cutting and pasting from reproductions of nineteenth-century engravings to create a dream-like subversion of traditional illustration. He first published his collages in this style to accompany Paul Eluard's 1922 Repetitions, yet it was not until 1929 that he published the first of the three 'collage-novels', La femme 100 têtes [sic]. Rêve d'une pette fille qui voulut entrer au Carmel was the second of the novels, worked on during 1929 and 1930. It was then published by Editions du Carrefour, Paris.

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    Provenance

    Julien Levy, Bridgewater, Connecticut.
    Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, by 1971 (no. 4830-B).
    Galerie Dieter Brusberg, Hanover.
    Ewold Rothke, Frankfurt.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A MILANESE COLLECTION


    Literature

    W. Spies, Max Ernst, Werke 1929-1938, Cologne, 1979, no. 1613 (illustrated p. 26).


    Exhibited

    Chicago, Richard Feigen Gallery, Max Ernst from the Julien Levy Collection, 1971, no. 22.
    Milan, Galleria Blu, Max Ernst: 'un monde perdu', April - July 2000 (illustrated).