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Fruits

A work made of black colored pencil or crayon frottage on cream wove paper.

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  • A work made of black colored pencil or crayon frottage on cream wove paper.

Date:

1925

Artist:

Max Ernst
German, 1891–1976

About this artwork

This large and impressive sheet is an example of frottage, a method of laying paper on top of a textured surface and rubbing over it with pencil, which Max Ernst introduced to avant-garde artmaking in 1925. The border of Fruits, with its softly rendered rubbings from wood grain, show the classic signs of frottage, while the central still life, turned on its axis and appearing to float in space, has a compositional clarity that is difficult to achieve with this method.

Ernst used frottage to expand the possibilities of art by surrendering some control when creating a design. In the process of subverting classic principles of drawing, however, he ironically created a work of exceptional graphic sensibility, balance, and skill.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Max Ernst

Title

Fruits

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality)

Date

1925

Medium

Black colored pencil or crayon frottage on cream wove paper

Inscriptions

Signed, lower right: “Max Ernst”

Dimensions

65 × 49.8 cm (25 5/8 × 19 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.846

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