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    Sale 5392

    Impressionist & Modern Art

    1 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 410

    Max Ernst (1891-1976)

    Le grand ignorant

    Price Realised  

    Max Ernst (1891-1976)
    Le grand ignorant
    signed with initials 'ME' (on the centre panel), signed again 'M E' (on the lithograph)
    oil and collage on painted wood with lithograph, a three panel screen
    72½ x 62in. (184 x 157.5cm.) overall
    This three-panel screen is based on Ernst's painting of 1965, The Great Ignoramus (see E. Quinn, Max Ernst, Paris 1976, p.407, no.526)

    In 1974, Modarco S.A. in Geneva commissioned Max Ernst to execute ninety-nine screens and forty-nine beds entitled Lit-Cage et son Paravent. Although all the screens were produced only fifteen beds were executed before the artist's death in 1976.


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