Max Ernst, ‘Fille et mère’, 1959, Ludorff

Catalogue Raisonné by Spies/Metken 1998 no. 3780,I

Signature: Signed and numbered “II /VI”on the verso of the plinth

Image rights: ©VG Bild-Kunst

Galerie Ludorff, “Muse & Modell”, Dusseldorf 2014

Galerie Ludorff, “Muse & Modell”, Dusseldorf 2014, p. 31 ; Werner Spies/Sigrid und
Günter Metken, “Max Ernst OEuvre-Katalog Werke 1953–1964”, Bd. VI, Houston/ Cologne
1998, no. 3780,I

Frances Leventritt Collection, New York

About Max Ernst

Closely associated with Dada and Surrealism, Max Ernst made paintings, sculptures, and prints depicting fantastic, nightmarish images that often made reference to anxieties originating in childhood. Ernst demonstrated a profound interest in Freudian psychoanalysis, which is apparent in his exploration of Automatism and his invention of the Frottage technique. The artist’s psychoanalytic leanings are evident in his iconic 1923 work Pietà, or Revolution by Night, in which Ernst substitutes the image of Mary cradling the body of Christ with a depiction of the artist himself held by his father. Much of the artist’s work defied societal norms, Christian morality, and the aesthetic standards of Western academic art.

French-American, b. Germany, 1891-1976, Brühl, nr Cologne, Germany