Max Ernst (1891-1976) Les chiens ont soif (The Dogs Are Thirsty)
Colored Etching on Paper
26"x33.75" framed, 8.5"x13" unframed
Edition 243/300. Signed lower right and edition lower left. Framed in a distressed vintage wide-faced frame in a rustic cream finish and beige filet using 8-ply archival matting behind conservation clear glass. Good vintage condition with some paper discoloration along the bottom of the paper.
From the estate of Edyth and Phillip Bassett.
Max Ernst was a German (naturalised American in 1948 and French in 1958) painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and surrealism. He had no formal artistic training, but his experimental attitude toward the making of art resulted in his invention of frottage and grattage, techniques that use rubbings and scrapings to reveal the imprints of the objects placed beneath the canvas surface.
After the German occupation of France, Ernst managed to escape the Gestapo and flee to America with the help of American art collector and patron, Peggy Guggenheim. Ernst and Guggenheim arrived in the United States in 1941 and were married at the end of the year. Along with other artists and friends (Marcel Duchamp and Marc Chagall) who had fled from the war and lived in New York City, Ernst helped inspire the development of abstract expressionism.
His marriage to Guggenheim did not last and in Beverly Hills, California in October 1946, in a double ceremony with Man Ray and Juliet P. Browner, he married Dorothea Tanning. Ernst received the Grand Prize for painting at the Venice Biennale
in 1954, and in 1975 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum gave him a major retrospective, which traveled in modified form to the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, in 1975. His work continues to be exhibited widely around the world, and most notably at the Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR.View The Legends of Modern Art Collection & Read the Bassett Family Story