Details & Cataloguing

Collection Marianne et Pierre Nahon - Day Sale


Max Ernst
1891 - 1976
signed and monogrammed
ebonised wood, brass, lithographically printed mirrored glass, lacquered wood, with a mink blanket
Conceived in 1974, this work is part of an edition of 49 beds and 99 screens
226 x 261 x 261,5 cm ; 89 x 102  3/4  x 103 in.
Private collection, Paris
Acquired from the above

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Ephraim Ilin, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owners


E. Quinn, Max Ernst, 1977, n. 526, p. 407 (for the 1973 painting Plusieurs animaux dont un illetré used for one of the lithograph)
Calgary, Glenbow Museum, exhibition catalogue, Max Ernst, From the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Ernst, 1980, n. 12, p. 23 (for the 1934 painting Nageur aveugle used for the other lithograph)

Catalogue Note

Le lit est l'endroit où les grands mystères de la vie se rencontrent, ce qui lui donne un caractère sacré, comme une sorte d'autel sur lequel chacun de ces mystères seraient tour à tour célébrés.

The bed is the place where the great mysteries of life meet, which gives it a sacred character, as a kind of altar on which each of these mysteries would be celebrated.

André Pieyre de Mandiargues

Collection Marianne et Pierre Nahon - Day Sale