Max Ernst: Illustrated Books

March 2 – September 6, 2008

West Building, Ground Floor, G21

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    Max Ernst, "Les malheurs des immortels," 1922, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, David K. E. Bruce Fund

    The mysterious, species-bending creatures invented by German surrealist Max Ernst (1891-1976) during the 1920s and 1930s will be highlighted in the focus exhibition Max Ernst: Illustrated Books. Drawn from the Gallery's rare book collection, the nineteen works include pages from Ernst's collage novels La femme 100 têtes (1929), Rêve d'une petite fille qui voulut entrer au Carmel (1930), and Une semaine de bonté (1934).

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    Max Ernst, "La femme 100 têtes," 1929, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, Gift of Thomas G. Klarner

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    Max Ernst, "Rêve d'une petite fille qui voulut entrer au Carmel," 1930, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, David K. E. Bruce Fund

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    Max Ernst, "Weisst du schwatz du: Gedichte," 1930, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, David K. E. Bruce Fund

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    Max Ernst, "Spectacle metallique," 1930, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, David K. E. Bruce Fund

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    Max Ernst, "Un divertissement," 1939, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, David K. E. Bruce Fund

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    Max Ernst, "La dame ovale," 1939, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, David K. E. Bruce Fund

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    Max Ernst, "Une semaine de bonté, ou Les sept éléments capitaux: roman," 1934, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, David K. E. Bruce Fund

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    Max Ernst, "Une semaine de bonté, ou Les sept éléments capitaux: roman," 1934, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, David K. E. Bruce Fund

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    Max Ernst, "Une semaine de bonté, ou Les sept éléments capitaux: roman," 1934, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, David K. E. Bruce Fund

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    Max Ernst, "Une semaine de bonté, ou Les sept éléments capitaux: roman," 1934, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, David K. E. Bruce Fund

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    Max Ernst, "Une semaine de bonté, ou Les sept éléments capitaux: roman," 1934, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, David K. E. Bruce Fund

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    Max Ernst, "Une semaine de bonté, ou Les sept éléments capitaux: roman," 1934, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, David K. E. Bruce Fund

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: 19 works by surrealist artist Max Ernst were selected from the National Gallery of Art Library rare book collection for this display. Included were pages from Ernst’s collage novels La Femme 100 têtes (1929), Rêve d’une petite fille qui voulut entrer au Carmel (1930), and Une Semaine de bonté (1934).

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Neal Turtell, executive librarian, National Gallery of Art, and Jennie King, doctoral candidate in the department of art and archaeology, Princeton University, were curators.

Image: Max Ernst, Les malheurs des immortels, Paris, 1922, National Gallery of Art Library, David K.E. Bruce Fund

Related Artists

Ernst, Max
German
, 1891 - 1976