Max Ernst
Moon in a Bottle 1955

Artwork details

Max Ernst 1891–1976
Moon in a Bottle
La Lune en bouteille
Date 1955
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 600 x 813 mm
frame: 806 x 1017 x 83 mm
Acquisition Presented by Sir Robert Adeane through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1963
Not on display

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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.

October 2011

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