Max Ernst, ‘Une Semaine de Bonté ou Les Sept éléments capitaux, Jeanne Bucher, Paris, 1934’, Christie's

Title pages, text in French and justifications, copy 355 of 816, in five volumes, with original colored wrappers and original slipcase. 10 7/8 x 8 in. (275 x 205 mm.)

Werner Bokelberg Collection

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