Max Ernst, ‘Une Chemise de Nuit de Flanelle’, 1951, Alpha 137 Gallery
Max Ernst, ‘Une Chemise de Nuit de Flanelle’, 1951, Alpha 137 Gallery

Traduit de l'anglais par Yves Bonnefoy
Collection L'age D'Or
Cover Woodcut by Max Ernst
Original Edition: 1951
Limited Edition: 1 of 500 stated copies
For offer here is an extremely rare artists book from the early 1950s representing the creative collaboration between Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington (who passed away in 2011 at the age of 94) and her former lover Max Ernst.
This gem of a book measures five inches by 6.5 inches. It features 28 pages of text, with a dateline of Mexico, 1945.
The text is exclusively in French. The cover was designed by Max Ernst.
The publishers note inside states: "Le tirage du present volume...a ete limite a cinq cent cinquante exemplaires, dont cinquante sur Marais Crevecoeur, numerotes 1 a 50, et cinq cents sure Alfama, numerotes de 51 a 550, plus quelques exemplaires hors commerce, marques H.C. "
It continues on to explain that the editions 1 through 50 a numbered contain a Hans Arp linocut, and 51-550 do not. This is one from 51-550, so there is no Hans Arp linocut. (the books with the Arp linocut sell for US $5,000 and up -- if they are findable!)
This is in very good vintage condition. There is some creasing around the top right cover corner and bottom right corner, and minor creasing to the interior page corners, not affecting the text, but it is otherwise very well preserved. NOT ex-library; NO markings whatsoever.
For fans of Leonora Carrington, students of Surrealism and fans of Max Ernst, this is a rare and impressive piece of art historical ephemera from Paris in the 1950s - the height of the Surrealist movement.

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

About Leonora Carrington

Painter and novelist Leonora Carrington redefined female symbolism and imagery in Surrealism. Working in oil painting, traditional bronze and cast iron sculpture, and mixed-media sculpture that incorporated wood, glass, and iron objects, Carrington, a one-time romantic companion and muse of the Surrealist Max Ernst, shared Ernst’s concerns with the dream world and the symbolic intermediaries connecting it to reality. Rejecting the Surrealist ideal of woman as a source of creative energy, she turned to the animal world, the occult, and Celtic myth for hers. El Juglar (1954) is one of Carrington’s most renowned works, a dream landscape of horses, imaginary creatures, occultist motifs, and autobiographical references. She is most often associated with the Spanish artist and fellow female Surrealist Remedios Varo, with whom she had close ties.

British-Mexican, 1917-2011, Clayton-le-Woods, United Kingdom, based in Mexico City, Mexico