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Max Ernst

La plus belle

Max Ernst

Max Ernst

La plus belle

La plus belle

Max Ernst

1891 - 1976

La plus belle 


signed max ernst and numbered E.E / 5

bronze cast, black patina

height : 180 cm; 70⅞ in.


Conceived in limestone in 1967, and cast in bronze between 1968 and 1974 in an edition of 5 plus artist's proofs by the Frat. Bonvicini foundry, Verona. The present artist's proof, reserved for the publisher and gallerist Alexandre Iolas, was cast in 1974 during the artist's lifetime.


Dr. Jürgen Pech has confirmed the authenticity of this work, which will be included in the supplementary volume of the Complete Works of Max Ernst now in preparation, edited by Prof. Dr. Werner Spies in collaboration with Dr. Jürgen Pech and Dr. Sigrid Metken. 

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Max Ernst

1891 - 1976

La plus belle 


signé max ernst et numéroté E.E / 5

bronze à patine noire

hauteur : 180 cm; 70⅞ in.


Conçu en calcaire en 1967, puis fondu en bronze entre 1968 et 1974 dans une édition de 5 exemplaires plus les épreuves d’artiste par le fondeur Frat. Bonvicini, Vérone. La présente épreuve d'artiste, réservée pour l’éditeur et galeriste Alexandre Iolas, a été fondue en 1974 du vivant de l’artiste.


Dr. Jürgen Pech a confirmé l'authenticité de cette œuvre qui sera incluse dans le volume supplémentaire de l'édition The Complete Works of Max Ernst actuellement en cours de préparation, édité par le Prof. Dr. Werner Spies en collaboration avec Dr. Jürgen Pech et Dr. Sigrid Metken. 

The bronze is sound. Attractive black patina. There are some tiny casting bubbles in places. There are two small patina losses (the widest of which is approx. 1cm) to the back of the figure’s neck. There is a small irregularity on the top of the head. There are a few small dots of verdigris in some of the cavities near the base and some tiny dots of discolouration in places. There is some minor wear to the most protruding elements, consistent with age and handling. There is some superficial dust in the crevices and a few minor scratches and handling marks in places. This work is in overall very good condition.


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Acquired in 1974 by the present owner

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Acquis en 1974 par le propriétaire actuel

Max Ernst: A retrospective (exhibition catalogue), The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1975, no. 277, another version illustrated p. 245

Max Ernst (exhibition catalogue), Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 1975, no. 311, p. 164, another version illustrated p. 148 

Max Ernst (exhibition catalogue), Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1974, no. 67, p. 106, another version illustrated p. 91 

Max Ernst, Sculpture 1934-1974 (exhibition catalogue), Cavaliero Fine Arts, New York, 1987, no. 53, another version illustrated p. 41

Max Ernst, The Sculpture (exhibition catalogue), Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1990, no. 54, another version illustrated p. 43

Max Ernst, The Sculpture (exhibition catalogue), Newport Harbor Art Museum, New Port Beach; University Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley & Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, 1992-93 no. 54, another version illustrated p. 43

Max Ernst, Skulptur (exhibition catalogue), Konsthall, Malmö, 1995-96, p. 221, another version illustrated p. 181

Max Ernst, Sculture/ Sculptures (exhibition catalogue), Museo d'Arte Contemporaneo, Castello di Rivoli, 1996, p. 192, another version illustrated p. 182

Max Ernst, Esculturas, obras sobre papel, obras gráficas (exhibition catalogue), Museo Brasileiro da Escultura Marilisa Rathsam, São Paulo, 1997, no. 50, p. 38 another version illustrated p. 97

Max Ernst, Skulpturen (exhibition catalogue), Stadtgalerie, Klagenfurt, 1997, p. 182, another version illustrated p. 143

Max Ernst, Skulpturen (exhibition catalogue), Häuser, Landschaften & Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-West-falen, Düsseldorf, 1998, no. 124, p. 320, another version illustrated p. 172-73

Max Ernst, Esculturas, sculptures (exhibition catalogue), Fundação Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva, Lisbon, 1999-2000, p. 87, another version illustrated p. 75

Max Ernst, The Surrealist Universe in Sculpture, Painting and Photography (exhibition catalogue), Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, 2000, no. S-56, p. 165, another version illustrated p. 75 

Ulla Pietzsch & Heiner Pietzsch, Leben mit Kunst, Berlin, 2000, p. 170, another version illustrated p. 171

Max Ernst (exhibition catalogue), City Museum, Okazaki & The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, 2001, no. 3-56, p. 247, another version illustrated p. 148

Werner Spies, Max Ernst - Leben und Werk, Cologne, 2005, limestone version illustrated p. 301

Jürgen Pech, Max Ernst, Plastische Werk, Cologne, 2005, another version illustrated p. 192-93

Werner Spies, Sigrid Metken, Günter Metken and Jürgen Pech, Max Ernst, Œuvre-Katalog, Werke 1964-1969, Cologne, 2007, no. 4594.III, another version illustrated p. 380

Melanie Franke & Dieter Scholz, Surreale Welten. Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Berlin, 2008, no. 93, p. 378, another version illustrated p. 181

Max Ernst. Paramyths: Sculpture, 1934-1967 (exhibition catalogue), Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, 2015, limestone versions illustrated p. 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 90, 100

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Max Ernst: A retrospective (catalogue d'exposition), The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1975, no. 277, autre version reproduite p. 245

Max Ernst (catalogue d'exposition), Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 1975, no. 311, p. 164, autre version reproduite p. 148

Max Ernst (catalogue d'exposition), Galerie Beyeler, Bâle, 1974, no. 67, p. 106, autre version reproduite p. 91

Max Ernst, Sculpture 1934-1974 (catalogue d'exposition), Cavaliero Fine Arts, New York, 1987, no. 53, autre version reproduite p. 41

Max Ernst, The Sculpture (catalogue d'exposition), Fruitmarket Gallery, Edimbourg, 1990, no. 54, autre version reproduite p. 43

Max Ernst, The Sculpture (catalogue d'exposition), Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach; University Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley & Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, 1992-93, no. 54, autre version reproduite p. 43

Max Ernst, Skulptur (catalogue d'exposition), Konsthall, Malmö, 1995-96, p. 221, autre version reproduite p. 181

Max Ernst, Sculture/ Sculptures (catalogue d'exposition), Museo d'Arte Contemporaneo, Castello di Rivoli, 1996, p. 192, autre version reproduite p. 182

Max Ernst, Esculturas, obras sobre papel, obras gráficas (catalogue d'exposition), Museo Brasileiro da Escultura Marilisa Rathsam, São Paulo, 1997, no. 50, p. 38, autre version reproduite p. 97

Max Ernst, Skulpturen (catalogue d'exposition), Stadtgalerie, Klagenfurt, 1997, p. 182, autre version reproduite p. 143

Max Ernst, Skulpturen (catalogue d'exposition), Häuser, Landschaften & Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-West-falen, Düsseldorf, 1998, no. 124, p. 320, autre version reproduite p. 172-73

Max Ernst, Esculturas sculptures (catalogue d'exposition), Fundação Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva, Lisbonne, 1999-2000, p. 87, autre version reproduite p. 75

Max Ernst, The Surrealist Universe in Sculpture, Painting and Photography (catalogue d'exposition), Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, 2000, no. S-56, p. 165, autre version reproduite p. 75

Ulla Pietzsch & Heiner Pietzsch, Leben mit Kunst, Berlin, 2000, p. 170, autre version reproduite p. 171

Max Ernst (catalogue d'exposition), City Museum, Okazaki & The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, 2001, no. 3-56, p. 247, autre version reproduite p. 148

Werner Spies, Max Ernst - Leben und Werk, Cologne, 2005, version en calcaire reproduite p. 301

Jürgen Pech, Max Ernst - Plastische Werk, Cologne, 2005, autre version reproduite p. 192-93

Werner Spies, Sigrid Metken, Günter Metken et Jürgen Pech, Max Ernst, Œuvre-Katalog, Werke 1964-1969, Cologne, 2007, no. 4594.III, autre version reproduite p. 380

Melanie Franke & Dieter Scholz, Surreale Welten. Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Berlin, 2008, no. 93, p. 378, autre version reproduite p. 181

Max Ernst. Paramyths: Sculpture, 1934-1967 (catalogue d'exposition), Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, 2015, versions en calcaires reproduites p. 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 90, 100