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Lot 36: Max Ernst (1891-1976)

Est: $4,000,000 USD - $6,000,000 USDSold:
Christie'sNovember 01, 2011New York, NY, US

Item Overview


Max Ernst (1891-1976)
The Stolen Mirror
signed 'max ernst' (lower right); signed again, dated and inscribed 'max ernst 1941 product of France' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
25 5/8 x 31 7/8 in. (65 x 81 cm.)
Painted in 1941

Artist or Maker


New York, Valentine Gallery, Exhibition Max Ernst, March-April 1942, no. 20.
New York, Art of This Century, Objects, Drawings, Photographs, Paintings, Sculpture, Collages, 1910-1942, 1942.
Washington, D.C., Caresse Crosby Gallery, Max Ernst/Dorothea Tanning, March-April 1946, no. 1.
Beverly Hills, The Copley Galleries, Max Ernst, 30 Years of His Work, A Survey, January-February 1949, no. 33.
Paris, Galerie René Drouin, Max Ernst, 1950, no. 11.
Schloss Augustusburg Brühl, Max Ernst, Gemälde und Graphik 1920-1950, March-April 1951, p. 314, no. 71 (illustrated, p. 66; detail illustrated, p. 67).
London, Institute of Contemporary Art Gallery, Max Ernst, Drawings, Paintings, Collages, 1918-1952, December 1952-January 1953, no. 44.
Knokke-Le Zoute, Albert Plage, Casino Municipal, Max Ernst, July-August 1953, no. 71.
Paris, Orangerie des Tuileries, Max Ernst: á l'intérieur de la vue, April-May 1971, p. 24, no. XVII.
Munich, Haus der Kunst and Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Max Ernst, Retrospektive, February-May 1979, p. 314, no. 260.
Cleveland Museum of Art, The Spirit of Surrealism, October-November 1979, p. 173, no. 24 (illustrated, p. 70).
London, Tate Gallery and Munich, Haus der Kunst, Max Ernst: a retrospective, February-December 1991, p. 380, no. 213 (illustrated in color, p. 241).
Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Montreal, Musée des Beaux Arts and Berlin, Staatliche Museum, Exiles and Emigrés: The Flight of European Artists from Hitler, February 1997-January 1998, p. 160, no. 34 (illustrated in color).
New York, The Equitable Gallery, Julien Levy: Portrait of an Art Gallery, August-October 1998, pl. 18 (illustrated in color).


M. Ernst, Beyond Painting and Other Writings by the Artist and His Friends, New York, 1948, p. xii, no. 65 (illustrated, pl. 65).
G.R. Hocke, Die Welt als Labyrinth, Manier und Manie in der europäischen Kunst, Hamburg, 1957, p. 41.
P. Waldberg, Max Ernst, Paris, 1958, pp. 338-339 (illustrated).
R. Benayoun, Erotique de Surréalisme, Paris, 1965, pp. 143-144.
R. von Holten, Gustave Moreau, Symbolist, Stockholm, 1965, p. 174 (illustrated).
J. Russell, Max Ernst, Leben und Werk, Cologne, 1966, p. 347, no. 80 (illustrated, p. 269).
C. Sala, Max Ernst et la démarche onirique, Paris, 1970, p. 81 (illustrated, pl. 28).
U. Schneede, Max Ernst, Stuttgart, 1972, p. 212, no. 329 (illustrated, p. 168).
E. Quinn, Textes de Max Ernst, Paris, 1976, p. 219, no. 262.
10 x Max Ernst, Eine didaktische Ausstellung zum Verständnis seiner Kunst, exh. cat., Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, 1978, p. 443 (illustrated in color, p. 219).
W. Spies and S. and G. Metken, Max Ernst Oeuvre-Katalog, Werke 1939-1953, Cologne, 1987, p. 28, no. 2376 (illustrated).
W. Spies, Max Ernst: A Retrospective, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005, p. 14 (illustrated in color, fig. 9).


Edward James, London (by 1951).
Jimmy Ernst, New Canaan, Connecticut.
Dallas Ernst, Sag Harbor, New York (by descent from the above, 1984).
By descent from the above to the present owners.


Property from the Estate of Edith Dallas Ernst

Max Ernst (1891-1976)
The Stolen Mirror
signed 'max ernst' (lower right); signed again, dated and inscribed 'max ernst 1941 product of France' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
25 5/8 x 31 7/8 in. (65 x 81 cm.)
Painted in 1941

Auction Details

Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale

November 01, 2011, 12:00 AM EST

20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10020, US