• The Art of the Surreal Evening auction at Christies

    Sale 7903

    The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale

    2 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 126

    Max Ernst (1891-1976)

    Profanation of Spring

    Price Realised  

    Max Ernst (1891-1976)
    Profanation of Spring
    signed and dated 'Max Ernst 45' (lower right)
    oil on masonite
    20 1/8 x 24 in. (51.1 x 61 cm.)
    Painted in 1945


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    Provenance

    Sidney Janis Gallery, New York.
    Marlborough Fine Art, London.
    Henry A. Markus, Chicago.
    Jeanette R. Markus, by descent from the above.
    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, New York, 12 May 1987, lot 396.
    Galleria Tega, Milan.
    Private collection, Germany.
    Galerie Hopkins-Custot, Paris.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private American Collection


    Literature

    W. Spies, S. & G. Metken, Max Ernst, Oeuvre-Katalog, Werke 1935-1953, Cologne, 1987, no. 2478 (illustrated p. 97).
    B. Genocchio, 'From a Pandora's Box, a Spilling of Dreams', in The New York Times, 10 June 2007, p. 11 (illustrated).


    Exhibited

    Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Max Ernst, December 1962 - March 1963, no. 76; this exhibition later travelled to Zurich, Kunsthaus, March - April 1963.
    Roslyn, Nassau County Museum of Art, Surrealism: Dreams on Canvas, May - August 2007, (illustrated on the cover).