Max Ernst, ‘Portrait d’ un ancêtre (Portrait of an ancestor)’, 1975, Phillips
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Max Ernst

Portrait d’ un ancêtre (Portrait of an ancestor), 1975

Bronze with green patina
16 9/10 × 11 × 7 9/10 in
43 × 28 × 20 cm
Edition 6/7
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Executed in 1975, this work is number 6 from an edition of 7 and is accompanied by a …

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Incised with the artist’s signature and number “max ernst VI/VII” and stamped with the Valsuani foundry mark on the reverse
Max Ernst
German, 1891–1976
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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.

Max Ernst, ‘Portrait d’ un ancêtre (Portrait of an ancestor)’, 1975, Phillips
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About the work
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Executed in 1975, this work is number 6 from an edition of 7 and is accompanied by a photo-certificate stamped with the artist’s monogram.

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Incised with the artist’s signature and number “max ernst VI/VII” and stamped with the Valsuani foundry mark on the reverse
Max Ernst
German, 1891–1976
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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.

Max Ernst

Portrait d’ un ancêtre (Portrait of an ancestor), 1975

Bronze with green patina
16 9/10 × 11 × 7 9/10 in
43 × 28 × 20 cm
Edition 6/7
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