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    Sale 7735

    Impressionist/Modern Evening Sale

    23 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 45

    Max Ernst (1891-1976)

    Les sirènes chantent quand la raison s'endort

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    Max Ernst (1891-1976)
    Les sirènes chantent quand la raison s'endort
    signed and dated 'max ernst 60' (lower right); signed again and dated 'max ernst 1960' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    36 x 28¾ in. (91.5 x 73 cm.)
    Painted in 1960


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    Provenance

    Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York.
    The Menil Foundation, Houston, by whom acquired in 1966 (no. 66-46 DJ); sale, Christie's, New York, 12 May 1993, lot 43.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    Literature

    The Art Journal, no. 26, Fall 1966, p. 58.
    W. Spies, S. & G. Metken, Max Ernst, Werke 1954-1963, Cologne, 1998, no. 3533 (illustrated p. 250).


    Exhibited

    London, Hanover Gallery, Max Ernst, early and recent paintings and sculpture, July - August 1965, no. 1 (illustrated).
    New York, The Jewish Museum, Max Ernst, Sculpture and Recent Painting, March - April 1966, no. 20.
    Venice, Palazzo Grassi, Centro internazionale delle arti e del costume, Max Ernst, oltre la pittura, June - October 1966, no. 24.
    Houston, University of St. Thomas, Fine Arts Gallery, A Young, Teaching Collection, November 1968 - January 1969, no. 97.
    Austin, University of Texas Art Museum, Surrealist Paintings from the D. and J. de Menil Collection, March - May 1970 (illustrated).
    Berkeley, University of California Art Museum, Excellence, November 1970 - January 1971, no. 366.
    Houston, Rice University, Institute for the Arts, Max Ernst: Inside the Sight, February - May 1973.
    Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Max Ernst: Landscapes, June - September 1985, no. 46.
    Bonn, Stadtisches Kunstmuseum, Max Ernst Landschaften, November 1985 - January 1986, no. 54.
    San Antonio, Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, Collecting: A Texas Phenomenon, November - December 1986, p. 116 (illustrated).
    Montgomery, Museum of Fine Arts, Inaugural Exhibition: The Grand Tour: The Tradition of Patronage in Southern Art Museums, September 1988 - February 1989.
    Houston, The Menil Collection, Max Ernst: Selections from the Menil Collection, October 1989 - October 1990.