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Max Ernst (1891-1976)
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF ROSAMOND BERNIER
Max Ernst (1891-1976)

La voix du R.P.: "Eh petiots, nous sommes à la veille du grand jour. Faites votre contrition et prenez le couteau de la suprême vicissitude, de la prudence, du zèle et de la charité."

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Max Ernst (1891-1976)
La voix du R.P.: "Eh petiots, nous sommes à la veille du grand jour. Faites votre contrition et prenez le couteau de la suprême vicissitude, de la prudence, du zèle et de la charité."
signed 'max ernst' (extreme lower right)
printed paper collage laid down on card
5 ¾ x 6 ¾ in. (14.6 x 17.1 cm.)
Executed in 1929-1930
Provenance
Acquired by the late owner, by 1975.
Literature
W. Spies and S. and G. Metken, Max Ernst, Oeuvre-Katalog, Werke, 1929-1938, Cologne, 1979, p. 38, no. 1637 (illustrated).
Exhibited
New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Max Ernst, A Retrospective, February-April 1975, p. 151, no. 144 (illustrated).
Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Max Ernst, May-August 1975, p. 161, no. 178 (illustrated, p. 160).
London, Hayward Gallery, Dada and Surrealism Reviewed, January-March 1978, p. 268, no. 11.11.
Munich, Haus der Kunst and Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Max Ernst, Retrospektive, February-July 1979, p. 287, no. 193 (illustrated).
New York Public Library and Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Max Ernst, Beyond Surrealism, A Retrospective of the Artist's Books and Prints, October 1986-March 1987, p. 165, no. 25 (illustrated, p. 166).

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Lot Essay

The present lot is one of 80 collages executed by Ernst for his 1930 collage-novel Rêve d'une petite fille qui voulut entrer au Carmel, consisting purely of collaged illustrations and their captions. In 1919, Ernst began experimenting with this collage technique, involving cutting and pasting from reproductions of 19th century engravings to create a dream-like subversion of traditional illustration. He first published his collages in this style to accompany Paul Eluard's 1922 Repetitions, but it was not until 1929 that he published the first of the three "collage-novels," La femme 100 têtes. The second of these novels, Rêve d'une petite fille qui voulut entrer au Carmel, was published by Editions du Carrefour, Paris.

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