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April 0611, 2019
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LOT 160

Lot 160

MAX ERNST (1891-1976)

MAX ERNST (1891-1976)
Lot 160 Details
MAX ERNST (1891-1976), German


Sanguine frottage lithograph; signed and numbered 7/10 in pencil to margin, titled "Sphinx" and inscribed "Frotage" (sic) and dated "1939" to label verso. An edition of 50 on Rives paper was also published.
Sight 10 x 8.5 in — 25.4 x 21.6 cm

Estimate $200-$300

Realised: $300
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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MAX ERNST (1891-1976)
  • MAX ERNST (1891-1976)
  • MAX ERNST (1891-1976)

Private Collection, Westmount, Quebec


Ernst had no formal artistic training yet he was a prolific pioneer of the Dada and Surrealist movements. Among the many experimental techniques employed in his art, he invented "frottage" - a technique using pencil rubbings.


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LOT 160

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