Max Ernst, ‘Masques’, 1950, Christie's

Signed in pencil, annotated 'epreuve d'artiste sur Chine', a proof aside from the edition of 200, published by Guilde de la Gravure, Geneva and Paris, with full margins, a 3/4-in. skillfully repaired tear at the right sheet edge, otherwise in good condition, framed.
Image: 13 x 19 5/8 in. (328 x 497 mm.)
Sheet: 15 1/8 x 22 ½ in. (385 x 570 mm.)

Spies-Leppien 49E; Surrealist Prints 56

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