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Birds on the Wire: Max Ernst 1921-28 at Sotheby's

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    Birds on the Wire: Max Ernst 1921-28 at Sotheby's
    01.03.2017 - 02.03.2017
Sotheby’s London

Max Ernst (1891-1976)’s fascination with nature – and in particular, birds and forests – will be brought into the spotlight with an exhibition of eleven rare and important works by the artist from 1921 – 28. Ernst was Paris’ foremost Surrealist artist, and these paintings showcase a dynamic period in the capital’s art scene. Having remained in private hands since they were painted, these exquisitely fantastical artworks will go on public view in London for the first time in almost three decades, from 13 February – 2 March 2017. The exhibition coincides with Sotheby’s Surrealist Art Evening Sale on 1 March 2017.

Samuel Valette, Sotheby’s Senior Specialist in Impressionist & Modern Art, commented: “We are honoured to have been loaned a selection of Max Ernst’s greatest works to present a public exhibition that places a much-deserved spotlight on the artist who was at the very forefront of the Surrealist movement’s aesthetic innovation. Presented in a specially created gallery display to evoke Ernst’s magical yet dark account of the first time he entered a forest, this small but gem-like show will envelop visitors in Ernst’s mastery of the natural and the fantastic. It provides a greater understanding of the artist himself and his profound influence on many of the greatest artists who followed him.”

With over half of these works still in their original constructed frames designed by Ernst himself, the paintings present an incomparable insight into the most innovative period of the artist’s career. The jewel of the exhibition is Le Chaste Joseph, loosely based on an account in the Old Testament - one of the greatest masterpieces by Max Ernst in private hands.






  • 01.03.2017 - 02.03.2017
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    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus »

    13 February – 2 March 2017. The exhibition coincides with Sotheby’s Surrealist Art Evening Sale on 1 March 2017.



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