Max Ernst. Farewell My Beautiful Land of Marie Laurencin. (1920)

Max Ernst

Farewell My Beautiful Land of Marie Laurencin


Line-block print with ink on paper
15 3/4 x 11" (40 x 27.9 cm)
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© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
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Max Ernst has 149 works online.
There are 14,249 drawings online.

From 1919 to 1920, Ernst created a series of works by printing, stamping, tracing, or taking rubbings from metal plates or type. These printing tools were borrowed from a commercial press. Ernst arranged the plates, frequently turning and reusing the same block and adding connecting lines with pen and ink to produce images of anthropomorphic machines. Rather than evoking dependable technological power, the pseudo-machine depicted in this work seems precarious at best. The inscription "Adieu mon beau pays de Marie Laurencin" (Farewell My Beautiful Land of Marie Laurencin) alludes to Marie Laurencin, a French artist who assisted Ernst in his failed attempt to exhibit his artwork in Paris. "Help!" scribbled in both French and German add a note of urgency.

Gallery label from Dada, June 18–September 11, 2006

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Tristan Tzara, Paris. Given to him by the artist, 1919 - 1937
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from Tristan Tzara, 1937

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