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Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Chicago

Max Ernst

Messaline Enfant

Auction Closed

May 16, 09:00 PM GMT


600,000 - 800,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Chicago

Max Ernst

1891 - 1976


Messaline enfant 

signed max ernst and dated 57 (lower right); signed max ernst, titled and dated 1957 (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

48 by 36 in.

122 by 91.5 cm.

Executed in 1957.

Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York (acquired in 1957)

William N. Copley, New York 

Barnet Hodes, Chicago 

Private Collection, Switzerland 

Sotheby's, London, 2 December 1986, lot 77 (consigned by the above) 

Private Collection, Europe (acquired from the above)

Sotheby's, London, 4 February 2003, lot 42 (consigned by the above) 

Robert Wylde, London (acquired from the above) 

Sotheby's, New York, 8 May 2007, lot 48 (consigned by the above) 

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Patrick Waldberg, Max Ernst, Paris, 1958, p. 423, illustrated in color 

Shuzo Takiguchi, Max Ernst, Tokyo, 1960, p. 57, illustrated in color 

Georges Bataille, Les Larmes d'eros, Paris, 1964, p. 193 

John Russell, Max Ernst, Life and Work, New York, 1967, no. 108, p. 347, illustrated 

Edward Quinn, Max Ernst, Paris, 1976, no. 365, p. 295, illustrated 

Werner Spies, Max Ernst Oeuvre-Katalog, Werke 1954-1963, Cologne, 1998, no. 3278, p. 120, illustrated

New York, Alexander Iolas Gallery, 1957 

Kassel, Documenta II, 1959, no. 5 

Paris, Musée d'art moderne, Max Ernst, 1959, no. 85, illustrated