Lot 43
  • 43

Max Ernst

1,800,000 - 2,500,000 USD
1,762,500 USD
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  • Max Ernst
  • Conscious Landscape
  • Signed Max Ernst (lower right); signed Max Ernst, titled, and dated N.Y.C. 1942 dated on the reverse
  • Oil on canvas


Maurice Lefebvre-Foinet, Paris

Private Collection (acquired by descent from the above and sold: Christie's London, February 6, 2001, lot 75)

Acquired at the above sale


New York, Valentine Gallery, Max Ernst, 1942, no. 27, illustrated in color

Beverly Hills, The Copley Galleries, Max Ernst, 30 Years of Work, a Survey, 1949, no. 36, illustrated in color

Paris, Galerie René Drouin, Max Ernst, 1950, no. 14, illustrated in color

Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Max Ernst, 1962, no. 70, illustrated in color

Zurich, Kunsthaus, Max Ernst, 1963

Stockholm, Moderna Museet, Max Ernst, 1969, no 65, illustrated in color

Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Max Ernst, 1969-70, no. 62, illustrated in color

Stuttgart, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Max Ernst, 1970, no. 72, illustrated in color

London & New York, Helly Nahmad Gallery, Max Ernst, 2006-07, no. 31, illustrated in color

Zurich, Kunsthaus Zurich, Miró, Monet, Matisse - The Nahmad Collection, 2011-12, illustrated


Pantheon, XXXII. Jg.., 1974, Issue 3, p. 290, illustrated in color

Sigrid Werner Spies & Günther Metken, Max Ernst, Oeuvre-Katalog, Werke 1939-1953, Cologne, 1987, no. 2394,  p. 47

Catalogue Note

Ernst painted the present work in New York, soon after he immigrated from war-torn Europe.  Titled in English on the reverse, the grattage forms of the present painting call to mind the sky scrapers that Ernst must have seen upon coming to port in New York Harbor.