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    Sale 2046

    Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale

    6 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 236

    Max Ernst (1891-1976)

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    Max Ernst (1891-1976)
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    colored glass and wood assemblage
    glass: 8 7/8 x 6¼ in. (22.5 x 15.9 cm.)
    wood: 16 1/8 x 14 5/8 in. (41 x 37.1 cm.)
    Conceived and executed in 1964; unique


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    Dr. Juergen Pech has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    In 1965, Peggy Guggenheim organized an international exhibition of glass designs by the leading contemporary artists of the day including Jean (Hans) Arp, Georges Braque, Jean Cocteau, Fernand Léger, Le Corbusier, Pablo Picasso and Max Ernst, to be realized at Egidio Costantini's foundry Fucina degli Angeli in the tradition of Venetian glass making. Guggenheim spoke of this daring attempt to encourage leading contemporary artists to work in a medium that was considered staid and overtly commerical stating, "...it was possible to create a middle-ground, half-way between sculpture and stained glass, and that that middle ground would tempt the great painters of the day to try the new medium" (quoted in Sculpture in Vetro, exh. cat., op. cit., n.p.).

    Provenance

    Weintraub Art Center, Ltd., New York.
    Julius Reiner, New York (gift from the above, November 1967).
    By descent from the above to the present owner.


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    Dr. Juergen Pech has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
    Please note this work is unique.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE NEW YORK COLLECTION


    Exhibited

    Venice, La Fucina Degli Angeli, Mostra internazionale del vetro d'arte, June-July 1964, no. 27.
    Rome, Galleria L'Obelisco, Sculture in Vetro, July 1965, no. 22.
    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Sculpture in Glass, November 1965-January 1966.