Max Ernst - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, October 14, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Collector’s Digest


    •    This unique collection of Max Ernst works comes directly from the personal collection of renowned filmmaker Peter Schamoni. The two worked closely together on several collaborative projects, including the short 1966 film Maximiliana oder die widerrechtliche Ausübung der Astromomie. 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.


    •    The collection reflects key moments in the artist’s career and personal life, encompassing a range of works in a variety of mediums from the 1920s through to the 1960s. It also highlights Ernst’s consistent interest in scientific modes of inquiry and discovery, with works borrowing ideas from the disciplines of mathematics and astronomy.


    •    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.


    •    A highly significant artist of the 20th century avant-garde, Max Ernst’s works are frequently included in definitive accounts of Dada and Surrealism, and his works are held in the most important institutional collections worldwide. 

    • Provenance

      Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Essen
      Miriam Keller, Stuttgart
      Grisebach GmbH, Berlin, 4 June 2005, lot 311
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      New York, Bodley Gallery, Max Ernst, paintings, collages, drawings, sculpture, 30 October - 25 November 1961
      Essen, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Max Ernst, 1962
      Stuttgart, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Max Ernst, 24 January - 15 March 1970, no. 80 (erroneously dated 1946)
      Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Entdeckungsfahrten zu Max Ernst / Die Sammlung Peter Schamoni, 24 February – 23 June 2013, p. 177 (illustrated, p. 86)

    • Literature

      Max Ernst, Sept microbes vus à travers un tempérament, Paris, 1953, p. 10 (illustrated)
      Max Ernst, Écritures, avec cent vingt illustrations extraites de l'œuvre de l'auteur, Paris, 1970, p. 446 (illustrated, p. 313)
      Max Ernst: Frottagen, Collagen, Zeichnungen, Graphik, Bücher, exh. cat., Kunsthaus Zürich; Frankfurt am Main, Städtische Galerie im Städelschen Kunstinstitut; Munich, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, 18 August 1978 - 15 April 1979, p. 157 (illustrated)
      Werner Spies, Sigrid Metken and Günter Metken, eds., Max Ernst Œuvre-Katalog. Werke 1939-1953, Cologne, 1987, no. 2935, p. 322 (illustrated)
      Max Ernst läßt grüßen: Peter Schamoni begegnet Max Ernst, exh. cat., Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, 2009-2010, p. 95 (illustrated)

Maximiliana: Max Ernst from the Collection of Peter Schamoni



gouache on paper mounted on cardboard
12.8 x 9.7 cm (5 x 3 7/8 in.)
Executed circa 1950.

Full Cataloguing

£5,000 - 7,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £6,300

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20th Century & Contemporary Art

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 October 2021