Max Ernst, ‘Ombres et fleurs or Fleurs sur fond vert’, 1928, Galerie Boulakia

Signature: Signed twice "max ernst" (Lower right)

Paris, Galerie Georges Bernheim, Max Ernst, Ses Oiseaux, Ses Fleurs Nouvelles,
Ses Forêts Volantes, Ses Malédictions, Son Satanas, December 1928, no. 6.
Berlin, Galerie Flechtheim, Max Ernst, March 1929, no. 32; this exhibition later travelled to Dusseldorf, Galerie Flechtheim.
Berlin, Reckendorfhaus, 50 ausgewählte Werke heutiger Kunst, 1929.
Stuttgart, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Max Ernst. Gemälde, Plastiken, Collagen, Frottagen, Bücher, January - March 1970, no. 39.

Das Kunstblatt, 1929, no. 13, p. 356 (illustrated; titled Schatten und Blumen).
U. Schneede, Max Ernst, Stuttgart, 1972, no. 186 (illustrated p. 102).
W. Spies, S. & G. Metken, Max Ernst, Werke 1925-1929, vol. III, Cologne, 1976, no. 1337, p. 280 (illustrated).

Galerie Le Centaure, Brussels.
Anonymous sale, Galerie Georges Giroux, Brussels, 11 December 1954, lot 113.
Margaret Krebs, Brussels.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 2 May 1974, lot 242.
Anonymous sale, Villa Grisebach, Berlin, 23 November 1990, lot 60. Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 9 December 1997, lot 247.
Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 4 February 2002, lot 69.
Acquired at the above sale, and thence by descent to the present owners.

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