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photo:Max Ernst
Petrified Forest
©ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2018

  • Max Ernst
  • 1891 - 1976
  • Petrified Forest
  • 1927
  • Oil on canvas 81 x 99.6 cm
  • Signed lower right: Max Ernst
  • Donated by Yamamura Family
  • P.1965-5
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Ernst was prominent in the Surrealist movement. He began a series of Forest paintings around 1926. Ernst always used the technique of frottage in these paintings. Frottage is where the painter covers an object with paper and then rubs the paper to reveal the object's texture on the paper. This method of conveying form and surface quality was originally part of children's play. Most of the Forest series includes circular ring which could be either the sun or the moon, or could be the symbol of some fundamental object.

(Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

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