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  • This special collection of Max Ernst works offered across Phillips’ fall sale season comes directly from the personal collection of the renowned filmmaker Peter Schamoni. Encompassing a range of works in a variety of mediums from the 1920s through to the 1960s, the collection reflects key moments in the artist’s career and personal life, highlighting Ernst’s consistent interest in scientific modes of inquiry and discovery, especially in mathematics and astronomy.  Ernst and Schamoni worked closely together on several collaborative projects, including the short 1966 film Maximiliana oder die widerrechtliche Ausübung der Astromomie (Maximiliana and the Illegal Practice of Astronomy), by which the collection title is inspired. Representing the depth of their personal and professional relationship, the collection also includes works that were made especially for these film projects and were gifted directly to Schamoni by Ernst. Exhibited extensively and previously on long-term loan to the Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, the works were also included in the internationally renowned 2013 exhibition Entdeckungsfahrten zu Max Ernst Die Sammlung Peter Schamoni.


    Max Ernst and Peter Schamoni. Photographed by Viktor Schamoni. Courtesy of the Estate of Peter Schamoni
    Max Ernst and Peter Schamoni. Photographed by Viktor Schamoni. Courtesy of the Estate of Peter Schamoni
    • Provenance

      Dorothea Tanning, New York
      Galerie Ernst Beyeler, Basel
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Basel, Galerie Beyeler, max ernst: landschaften, June–September 1985, no. 35, n.p.
      London, The Tate Gallery; Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie; Düsseldorf, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Max Ernst: A Retrospective, February 13–November 3, 1991, no. 239, pp. 266, 381 (illustrated, p. 266)
      Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde; Hamburg, Ernst Barlach Haus—Stiftung Hermann F. Reemtsma, Max Ernst: Traumlandschaften, June 13–December 12, 2004, no. 38, pp. 71, 115 (illustrated, p. 71)
      Münster, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Max Ernst läßt grüßen: Peter Schamoni begegnet Max Ernst, September 27, 2009–January 10, 2010, p. 88 (illustrated)
      Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Entdeckungsfahrten zu Max Ernst Die Sammlung Peter Schamoni, February 24–June 23, 2013, pp. 95, 176 (illustrated, p. 75)
      Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, [un]erwartet. Die Kunst des Zufalls, September 24, 2016–February 19, 2017, pp. 69, 158 (illustrated, p. 69)

Maximiliana: Max Ernst from the Collection of Peter Schamoni


Paysage extraordinaire

signed "max ernst" lower right; titled and dated "Paysage Extraordinaire 1947" on the reverse
oil on paper
6 x 8 3/8 in. (15.2 x 21.3 cm)
Executed in 1947.

Dr. Jürgen Pech has confirmed the authenticity of this work, which will be included in the supplementary volume of the complete work of Max Ernst now in preparation, edited by Prof. Dr. Werner Spies in collaboration with Dr. Jürgen Pech and Dr. Sigrid Metken.

Full Cataloguing

$18,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $22,680

Contact Specialist

John McCord
Head of Day Sale, Morning Session, New York
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York Auction 18 November 2021