Lee Miller

Max Ernst, Arizona, 1946

About this artwork

This photograph was taken in Sedona, Arizona, where Ernst and his fourth wife, the surrealist artist Dorothea Tanning, built a home for themselves in 1945. Living conditions in the remote desert land were often harsh in the couple’s self-built house but they were inspired by the ‘surreal’ landscape and the view of the stars at night, and the years spent living there were creative ones for both artists. This portrait captures Ernst immersed in his surroundings. Other photographs taken by Miller on this trip show him dressed in a ‘Kachina’ mask, associated with the Hopi people native to Arizona.

  • title: Max Ernst, Arizona, 1946
  • accession number: GMA 4987
  • artist: Lee MillerAmerican (1907 - 1977)
  • gallery: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art (Modern One)(In Storage)
  • object type: Photograph
  • materials: Black and white photograph (posthumous print)
  • date created: 1946
  • measurements: Paper size: 37.80 x 29.50 cm; image size: 25.20 x 25.40 cm
  • credit line: Purchased with help from the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2007
  • copyright: © Lee Miller Archives, England 2016. All rights reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

Lee Miller

Lee Miller

Miller had a most remarkable career and life. She was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and worked as a model for Condé Nast, learning photography first through being a subject for the most important fashion photographers of her day. In 1929 she visited Paris for the second time and became the artistic collaborator and lover of surrealist artist Man Ray. This initiated her career as a photographer. Thereafter her work showed the versatility of Surrealism, fashion photography and, from 1940, journalism, when she became the war reporter for British Vogue. In 1947 Miller married English artist and historian, Roland Penrose. She eventually abandoned photography and her work has only re-emerged in recent years.