• Impressionist/Modern Works on  auction at Christies

    Sale 7832

    Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper

    3 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 275

    Max Ernst (1891-1976)


    Price Realised  


    Max Ernst (1891-1976)
    signed and dated 'max ernst 1921' (lower right)
    oil on photograph
    8¼ x 5½ in. (21 x 14 cm.)
    Executed in 1921; sold with Victor Hugo's frame and a poem by Paul Eluard

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    This work is sold with a photo-certificate from Werner Spies.

    This watercolour first belonged to Valentine Hugo (1887-1968), a painter and illustrator who embraced the Surrealist movement between 1930 and 1936. She illustrated many Surrealist publications and foremost Paul Eluard's work.

    During her Surrealist years she developed a taste for object. By combining Ernst's work with an antique frame belonging to Victor Hugo, the 19th century poet and the great-grandfather of her husband Jean Hugo, and a poem by Paul Eluard, she created an Objet Surrealist that dipped into different time zones and art categories, while narrating a story.

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    Valentine Hugo, Paris, by whom acquired directly from the artist.
    Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner.