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Max Ernst (1891-1976)

Profanation of Spring

Max Ernst (1891-1976)
Profanation of Spring
signed and dated 'Max Ernst 45' (lower right)
oil on masonite
20 1/8 x 24 in. (51.1 x 61 cm.)
Painted in 1945
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York.
Marlborough Fine Art, London.
Henry A. Markus, Chicago.
Jeanette R. Markus, by descent from the above.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, New York, 12 May 1987, lot 396.
Galleria Tega, Milan.
Private collection, Germany.
Galerie Hopkins-Custot, Paris.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
W. Spies, S. & G. Metken, Max Ernst, Oeuvre-Katalog, Werke 1935-1953, Cologne, 1987, no. 2478 (illustrated p. 97).
B. Genocchio, 'From a Pandora's Box, a Spilling of Dreams', in The New York Times, 10 June 2007, p. 11 (illustrated).
Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Max Ernst, December 1962 - March 1963, no. 76; this exhibition later travelled to Zurich, Kunsthaus, March - April 1963.
Roslyn, Nassau County Museum of Art, Surrealism: Dreams on Canvas, May - August 2007, (illustrated on the cover).
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