Max Ernst

Moon in a Bottle

1955

Original title
La Lune en bouteille
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 600 x 813 mm
frame: 806 x 1017 x 83 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Sir Robert Adeane through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1963
Reference
T00619

Display caption

After an eight-year exile in the USA, where he settled in Arizona, Ernst began to visit Europe in 1949. He rediscovered his Surrealist companions and old haunts in Paris, and continued to experiment with painterly techniques, as can be seen in the scraped surface of Moon in a Bottle. This was completed in the year after Ernst won the painting prize at the 1954 Venice Biennale, which confirmed his status as one of the senior figures of contemporary art.

Gallery label, October 2011

Catalogue entry

Max Ernst 1891-1976

T00619 La Lune en Bouteille (Moon in a Bottle) 1955

Inscribed 'max ernst' b.r. and 'lune en bouteille' and 'max ernst | 1955' on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 32 (60 x 81)
Presented by Sir Robert Adeane through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1963
Prov: Sir Robert Adeane, London (purchased from the artist through the Mayor Gallery, London, and the Galerie Edouard Loeb, Paris, December 1955)
Exh: Max Ernst, Tate Gallery, September-October 1961 (147); Loan Exhibition of Modern Pictures from the Collection of Sir Robert Adeane, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, August-September 1962 (9, repr.); University Art Gallery, Nottingham, October 1962 (9, repr.); Castle Museum, Norwich, November 1962 (9, repr.); Loan Exhibition in Memory of Fred Hoyland Mayor, Mayor Gallery, London, November-December 1973 (6, repr.)
Repr: The Friends of ihe Tate Gallery: Annual Report 1st May 1972-30th April 1973 (London 1973), p.13 in colour

Painted in Paris.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.210-11, reproduced p.210