Max Ernst

Untitled (Unpublished collage for 'Une Semaine de Bonté')

About this artwork

Ernst was a key artist in the surrealist movement. His method of combining images from unrelated worlds to create a strange and often deeply unsettling new environment is at the heart of his art, whether in the form of painting or collages. Beginning in 1929, Ernst produced three collage-novels, each made up of a series of collages using old nineteenth-century engravings. The engravings Ernst selected were originally from the book, ‘Martyre’ by Adolphe d’Ennery (1885). In 1934 he created the third novel, ‘Une semaine de bonté ou Les sept éléments capitaux’. It was almost entirely funded by his close friend, the artist and collector, Sir Roland Penrose. Ernst gave Penrose this original collage.

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  • title:
    Untitled (Unpublished collage for 'Une Semaine de Bonté')
  • accession number:
    GMA 4474
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  • materials:
    Collage of engravings on card
  • date created:
    1934
  • measurements:
    paper size: 19.90 x 13.90 cm (framed: 32.20 x 26.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased with assistance from the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland, 2002
  • copyright:
    © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018

Max Ernst

Max Ernst