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Max Ernst Art

American, German, French, 1891-1976

Born in Germany in 1891, later naturalized as an American, then a French citizen, Max Ernst was a pioneer in the Dada and Surrealist movements, the boundaries of which he pushed with his unconventional methods of printmaking, drawing and collage.

Ernst had no formal art training — and that may have been his greatest asset. He produced his first work following four years serving in World War I. At the time, he was in Cologne, Germany, working closely with fellow Dada pioneers Jean Arp and Johannes Baargeld. His output during this period consisted largely of collages, which allowed him to represent the shards, rubble and explosions from his traumatic wartime experience.

In 1922, Ernst moved to France, where he soon became affiliated with Surrealism, the avant-garde art movement taking shape in Paris. Alongside Man Ray, Joan Miró and a couple of others, Ernst was among the first visual artists to experiment with imagery and techniques associated with Surrealism.

Ernst’s greatest contribution to the Surrealist movement was his invention of frottage (French for “rubbing”), wherein an artist rubs a pencil or crayon over a paper atop a textured surface, and later grattage (French for “scraping”), where a similar technique is applied with paint. Both methods showcase Ernst’s fascination with the unconscious and serendipitous elements of artistic creation, a theme that connected the Dadaists and the Surrealists. Ernst had deep knowledge of psychoanalysis and Sigmund Freud’s dream theories, which were big influences on Surrealists. He was among the first Surrealists to use Freud’s work to examine his own creative impulses. He also published a series of books of his collages, all of which were deeply symbolic and often philosophical.

When Germany occupied France during World War II, Ernst escaped to America with the help of patron and collector Peggy Guggenheim, whom he married in 1941. While living in New York, Ernst’s work and techniques proved instrumental in inspiring the early development of Abstract Expressionism — influencing Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock in particular. He later moved to Sedona, Arizona, where he lived with his fourth wife, Dorothea Tanning, a fellow Surrealist and prolific visual artist and poet.

While Ernst and Tanning are largely responsible for Sedona’s reputation as an artist colony, they relocated to France in the 1950s and remained until Ernst’s death in Paris in 1976.

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Artist: Max Ernst
Nous nous sommes portés à la rencontre des foulards
By Max Ernst
Located in New York, NY
Nous nous sommes portés à la rencontre des foulards, 1969 Signed and numbered in pencil Lithograph, Photolithograph 20.5 x 17 inches Edition 64 of 70
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1960s Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

A l’Intérieur de la Vue - Rare Book Illustrated by Max Ernst - 1948
By Max Ernst
Located in Roma, IT
A l’Intérieur de la Vue is an original modern rare book written by Paul Éluard (Saint-Denis, 1895 – Charenton-le-Pont, 1952) and illustrated by Max Ernst (1891 - 1976) in 1948. Orig...
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1940s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Paper, Mixed Media

Oiseaux Souterrains
By Max Ernst
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Max Ernst, German (1891 - 1976) Title: Oiseaux Souterrains Year: 1975 Medium: Lithograph on Japon paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 99 Image Size: 13.5 x 24.5 inc...
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1970s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Sign for a School for Pirates by Max Ernst
By Max Ernst
Located in New York, NY
Artist: Max Ernst Medium: Original Lithograph, E.A. Signed, Edition of 125, 1965 Dimensions: 29 x 21.5 in, 73.66 x 54.61 cm
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1960s Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

"Judith" by Jean Giraudoux
By Max Ernst
Located in Paris, FR
Illustrated Book, 1972 Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 231/500 Publisher : Manus Presse (Stuttgart) Text in German illustrated with 6 lithographs by Max Ernst and 6 l...
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1970s Abstract Max Ernst Art

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Illustration Board

Logique Sans Peine (Lewis Carroll's Wunderhorn, Frontispiz) (S./L.135 I)
By Max Ernst
Located in Cotignac, FR
Colour lithograph, on Japon nacré paper, Logique Sans Peine (After Wunderhorn, Frontispiz of 1966) the illustration for the frontispiece of Lewis Carroll's 'Wunderhorn' signed in pen...
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1970s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Ink, Handmade Paper

Masques
By Max Ernst
Located in Antwerp, BE
Max Ernst Masques (1950) Sheet: 38 x 56,5 cm Framed: 46,3 x 64,8 cm Lithograph on Arches Wove Paper Published by Guilde de la Gravure, Geneva-Paris, with their blindstamp Edition of ...
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1950s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Paper

"Surrealism: Sources, Stories, Affinities" by Max Ernst, 1964
By Max Ernst
Located in New York, NY
Artist: Max Ernst Medium: Lithographic Poster Ed of 500, 1964 Dimensions: 29 x 20 in, 74 x 50 cm
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1960s Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Max Ernst - Composition - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst - Composition - Original Lithograph 1958 Dimensions: 32 x 24 cm XXe siècle Unsigned and unnumbered, as issued Max Ernst was born in Bruhl, a place near Cologne, in Germany...
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1960s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Affiche pour la Hune II
By Max Ernst
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Affiche pour la Hune II Lithograph in colors, 1970 Signed in pencil lower right Numbered 13/99 lower left This impression from the edition before the addition of lettering and the pu...
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1970s Abstract Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Cheri Bibi
By Max Ernst
Located in München, DE
with signature and numbered 52/175 on the plinth, with foundry stamp 'C. Valsuani, cire perdue'. Edition: 3 patinae (green, brown, black) with 175 copies each + 15 E.A. + some E.E. (...
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1970s Max Ernst Art

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Bronze

Elfo 3º
By Max Ernst
Located in New York, NY
Yellow and green molded glass gather. Artist's incised signature, titled, date and numbered 20/300, verso. Published by Fucina degli Angei, Venice.
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1960s Dada Max Ernst Art

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Glass

"Terre des nébuleuses" by Max Ernst, Blue, Fog, Surrealism
By Max Ernst
Located in Köln, DE
Etching and aquatint in colours (colour variation) by Max Ernst. "Terre des nébuleuses", 1965 38 x 27,5 cm Copy essai 1/1
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1960s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Untitled - Original Etching by Max Ernst - 1970
By Max Ernst
Located in Roma, IT
Untitled is an original contemporary artwork realized by Max Ernst in 1970 Etching, Aquatint and Carborundum. Hand signed on the lower right margin. Numbered on the lower left. Ed...
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1970s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Etching

Max Ernst - Elektra - Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst - Elektra Lithograph 1939 Dimensions: 32 x 24 cm Signed in the plate From XXe siècle Unsigned and unumbered as issued
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1930s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Le Rêve d’une Petite Fille - Rare Book Illustrated by Max Ernst - 1930
By Max Ernst
Located in Roma, IT
Le Rêve d’une Petite Fille qui voulut entrer au Carmel is an original modern rare book illustrated by Max Ernst (1891 - 1976) in 1930. Original first edition. Editions du Carrefour...
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1930s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Paper, Mixed Media

Birds - Original lithograph (Leppien/Spies #88)
By Max Ernst
Located in Paris, FR
Max ERNST Birds Original lithograph, 1963 on vellum 33 x 25 cm REFERENCES : Catalogue raisonné Leppien/Spies # 88 Excellent condition
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1960s Modern Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

"Bonjour" by Max Ernst, Good Day, Surrealism, Light Colors, Figurative
By Max Ernst
Located in Köln, DE
Etching in colours by Max Ernst. "Bonjour", 1966 66,5 x 50,1 cm Copy 7/99 Edition of 111 copies (approx.)
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1960s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Bird Beyond the Bars - Vintage Tapestry by Max Ernst
By Max Ernst
Located in Roma, IT
Handmade tapestry designed by Max Ernst. Signature lower right. Limited edition of 8 pieces. Certificate of authenticity and provenance by Arc 94 mobili dei maestri del design, Fog...
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1970s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Tapestry

To Lewis Caroll
By Max Ernst
Located in Paris, FR
Lithograph, 1971 Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 13/20 Publisher : Editions de l'Herne (Paris) Catalog : Spiess-Leppien 204, l'Herne : 17 45.00 cm. x 38.00 cm. 17.7...
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1970s Abstract Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Max Ernst
Located in Roma, IT
Hand signed and numbered. Edition of 100 prints. Slightly discolored with foxing on sheet. Catalogo: Brusberg N.158 .P Image Dimensions : 34 x 20 cm
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1970s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Etching

Monkey Pursued by an Elephant for a Flight of Hat
By Max Ernst
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Max Ernst, German (1891 - 1976) Title: Monkey Pursued by an Elephant for a Flight of Hat Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 78/99 Image Siz...
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1970s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Surrealist Composition - Original Lithograph (Leppien/Spies #202B), 1971
By Max Ernst
Located in Paris, FR
Max ERNST Surrealist Composition : Après-moi le XX° siècle, 1971 Original lithograph in colours Unsigned On wove paper 31 x 24 cm (c. 12,2 x 9,4 inches) REFERENCES : Catalogue rais...
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1960s Modern Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

No title
By Max Ernst
Located in Paris, FR
Lithograph Handsigned by the artist in pencil / Annoted "EA" 57.00 cm. x 34.50 cm. | 22.44 in. x 13.58 in. (paper) 32.00 cm. x 24.00 cm. | 12.6 in. x 9.45 in. (image) LCD4734
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1970s Abstract Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Vingt Ans Avant
By Max Ernst
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Vingt Ans Avant Lithograph, 1959 Signed in the stone lower right (see photo) Published in: XXe Siecle, Volume 13, 1959 Published by G. San Lazzaro for A. Maeght, Paris (Maeght was Ca...
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1950s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Max Ernst - Birds - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst - Birds - Original Lithograph Birds, 1964 (BNF, 63) Dimensions: 32 x 24 cm Revue Art de France ax Ernst was born in Bruhl, a place near Cologne, in Germany. He was raise...
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1960s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Danseuses
By Max Ernst
Located in New York, NY
A very good, dark impression of this lithograph. Signed and numbered 172/200 in pencil by Ernst. Printed by Desjobert, Paris. Published by La Guilde de la Gravure, Paris and Geneva, ...
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1950s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Danseuses - Original Lithograph by Max Ernst - 1950
By Max Ernst
Located in Roma, IT
Danseuses is an original hand-signed and numbered etching litograph realized by the Surrealist artist Max Ernst in 1950. This is the edition XV of LX, aside from the edition of 200 ...
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1950s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Une Pyramide en Colère, Original Micro-Painting on Leather by Max Ernst
By Max Ernst
Located in Roma, IT
Micro picture, gouache on paper mounted on black leather. Belonging to the serie “Microbes”. Interestingly, it is unusually mounted on a black leather surface whose shape reminds th...
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1940s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Leather, Gouache, Cardboard

Dent Prompte (Bird Cage, Feather, Branch and Sun)
By Max Ernst
Located in New York, NY
Dent Prompte (Bird Cage, Feather, Branch and Sun), 1963 Signed and dated in plate Color lithograph on Arches paper 17 x 14 inches
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1960s Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Fureur, tu me Traites Comme la Tristesse
By Max Ernst
Located in New York, NY
Signed and numbered in pencil Lithograph 20.5 x 17 inches Edition 64 of 70
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1960s Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

La Dame Ovale - Vintage Rare Book Illustrated by Max Ernst - 1934
By Max Ernst
Located in Roma, IT
La Dame Ovale is an original modern rare book written by Mary Leonora Carrington (Chorley, Lancashire 1917 – Mexico City, 2011) and illustrated by Max Ernst (1891 - 1976) in 1934. ...
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1930s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Photogravure, Paper

Le parquet se soulève, 1939 (Red)
By Max Ernst
Located in London, GB
MAX ERNST 1891-1976 Cologne 1891-1976 Paris (German) Title: Le parquet se soulève, 1939 (Red) Technique: A Suite of Six Original Hand Signed and hand Numbered Lithographs in Red on...
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1930s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

La Femme 100 Têtes - Rare Book Illustrated by Max Ernst - 1929
By Max Ernst
Located in Roma, IT
La Femme 100 Têtes is an original modern rare book illustrated by Max Ernst (1891 - 1976) in 1929, and extraordinary first example of conceptual art Original first edition. Publish...
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1920s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Mixed Media, Paper

At Eye Level Paramyths - Rare Book Illustrated by Max Ernst - 1949
By Max Ernst
Located in Roma, IT
At Eye Level Paramyths is an original modern rare book illustrated by Max Ernst (1891 - 1976) and written by Various Authors in 1949. Original Edition, designed by Max Ernst as cat...
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1940s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Paper, Mixed Media

Hibou - Original Lithograph by Max Ernst - 1955
By Max Ernst
Located in Roma, IT
Hand signed and numbered. Edition of 220 prints. Published by Guilde de la Gravure, Geneva and Paris. Ref. Cat. Brusberg n. 76. Very good conditions.
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1950s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Colombes Bleues Et Roses-Poster. 1969 New York Graphic Society Ltd.
By Max Ernst
Located in Clinton Twp, MI
Poster. 1969 New York Graphic Society Ltd. Printed in Austria. Measures 27.25 x 32.75 inches and is Unframed. Good Condition.
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1960s Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Composition
By Max Ernst
Located in Paris, FR
Engraving Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 80/100 66.50 cm. x 48.50 cm. 26.18 in. x 19.09 in. (paper) 33.00 cm. x 26.50 cm. 12.99 in. x 10.43 in. (image) LCD3168
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1970s Abstract Max Ernst Art

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Engraving

Composition with Blue Vase - Lithograph and stencil, 1958
By Max Ernst
Located in Paris, FR
Max ERNST Composition with Blue Vase, 1958 Lithograph and stencil (Jacomet workshop) after a painting On wove paper 31 x 24 cm (c. 12 x 10 in) Edited by San Lazarro, 1958 Excellent...
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1950s Abstract Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph, Stencil

Max Ernst - Birds - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst - Birds - Original Lithograph Birds, 1964 Dimensions: 32 x 24 cm From the art review XXe siècle Unsigned and unumbered as issued
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1960s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Max Ernst - Abstract Birds - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst - Birds - Original Lithograph Birds, 1962 Dimensions: 32 x 24 cm From the art review XXe siècle Unsigned and unumbered as issued
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1960s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Bird Cage, Feather, Branch and Sun
By Max Ernst
Located in New York, NY
Signed and dated in plate
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20th Century Modern Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Exhibit Poster for "Prints of the Surrealists"
By Max Ernst
Located in New York, NY
Rare poster for an exhibition "Prints of the Surrealists." Features a lithographic restrike of the original 1950 lithograph "The Ballet Dancers" by Max Ernst and lists the exhibiting...
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1950s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

ERNST, Max. Rêve d'une Petite Fille qui voulut entrer au Carmel.
By Max Ernst
Located in New York, NY
ERNST, Max. Rêve d'une Petite Fille qui voulut entrer au Carmel. 176 pp. Illustrated with reproductions of 79 collages by Max Ernst. 8vo., 265 x 200 mm, bound in original illustr...
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1920s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Paper

Max Ernst - The Soldier - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst (1891-1976) Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, La Ballade du Soldat, Pierre Chave, Vence, 1972 Colour lithographs on Arches paper 1972 Edition : 199 Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm Refe...
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1970s Modern Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Après-moi le XX° siècle - Original Lithograph by Max Ernst - 1971
By Max Ernst
Located in Roma, IT
Après-moi Le XX Siècle is an original artwork realized by Max Ernst in 1971. Original colored lithograph. Very good conditions. This lithograph is from the second issue, which wa...
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1970s Surrealist Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Max Ernst - The Soldier - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst (1891-1976) Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, La Ballade du Soldat, Pierre Chave, Vence, 1972 Colour lithographs on Arches paper 1972 Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm Reference: Spies &...
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1970s Modern Max Ernst Art

Max Ernst - The Soldier - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst (1891-1976) Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, La Ballade du Soldat, Pierre Chave, Vence, 1972 Colour lithographs on Arches paper 1972 Edition : 199 Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm Refe...
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1970s Modern Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Max Ernst - The Soldier - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst (1891-1976) Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, La Ballade du Soldat, Pierre Chave, Vence, 1972 Colour lithographs on Arches paper 1972 Edition : 199 Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm Refe...
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1970s Modern Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Max Ernst - The Soldier - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst (1891-1976) Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, La Ballade du Soldat, Pierre Chave, Vence, 1972 Colour lithographs on Arches paper 1972 Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm Reference: Spies &...
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1970s Modern Max Ernst Art

Max Ernst - The Soldier - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst (1891-1976) Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, La Ballade du Soldat, Pierre Chave, Vence, 1972 Colour lithographs on Arches paper 1972 Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm Reference: Spies &...
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1970s Modern Max Ernst Art

Max Ernst - The Soldier - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst (1891-1976) Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, La Ballade du Soldat, Pierre Chave, Vence, 1972 Colour lithographs on Arches paper 1972 Edition : 199 Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm Refe...
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1970s Modern Max Ernst Art

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Lithograph

Max Ernst - The Soldier - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst (1891-1976) Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, La Ballade du Soldat, Pierre Chave, Vence, 1972 Colour lithographs on Arches paper 1972 Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm Reference: Spies &...
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1970s Modern Max Ernst Art

Max Ernst - The Soldier - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst (1891-1976) Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, La Ballade du Soldat, Pierre Chave, Vence, 1972 Colour lithographs on Arches paper 1972 Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm Reference: Spies &...
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1970s Modern Max Ernst Art

Max Ernst - The Soldier - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst (1891-1976) Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, La Ballade du Soldat, Pierre Chave, Vence, 1972 Colour lithographs on Arches paper 1972 Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm Reference: Spies &...
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1970s Modern Max Ernst Art

Max Ernst - The Soldier - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst (1891-1976) Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, La Ballade du Soldat, Pierre Chave, Vence, 1972 Colour lithographs on Arches paper 1972 Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm Reference: Spies &...
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1970s Modern Max Ernst Art

Max Ernst - The Soldier - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst (1891-1976) Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, La Ballade du Soldat, Pierre Chave, Vence, 1972 Colour lithographs on Arches paper 1972 Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm Reference: Spies &...
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1970s Modern Max Ernst Art

Max Ernst - The Soldier - Original Lithograph
By Max Ernst
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Max Ernst (1891-1976) Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, La Ballade du Soldat, Pierre Chave, Vence, 1972 Colour lithographs on Arches paper 1972 Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm Reference: Spies &...
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1970s Modern Max Ernst Art

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