Max Ernst. Farewell My Beautiful Land of Marie Laurencin (Adieu mon beau pays de Marie Laurencin). 1920

Max Ernst Farewell My Beautiful Land of Marie Laurencin (Adieu mon beau pays de Marie Laurencin) 1920

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From 1919 to 1920, Ernst created a series of works by printing, stamping, tracing, or taking rubbings from metal plates or type. These printing tools were borrowed from a commercial press. Ernst arranged the plates, frequently turning and reusing the same block and adding connecting lines with pen and ink to produce images of anthropomorphic machines. Rather than evoking dependable technological power, the pseudo-machine depicted in this work seems precarious at best. The inscription "Adieu mon beau pays de Marie Laurencin" (Farewell My Beautiful Land of Marie Laurencin) alludes to Marie Laurencin, a French artist who assisted Ernst in his failed attempt to exhibit his artwork in Paris. "Help!" scribbled in both French and German add a note of urgency.

Gallery label from Dada, June 18–September 11, 2006.
Additional text

From 1919 to 1920, Ernst created a series of works by arranging small metal plates or type that he borrowed from a commercial press into images of anthropomorphic machines; after printing them he added connecting lines or shading in pen and ink. Rather than evoking dependable technological power, the pseudomachine depicted here seems precarious at best. The title refers to Marie Laurencin, a French artist who assisted Ernst in his failed attempt to exhibit his artwork in Paris. “Help!” scribbled in both French and German adds a note of urgency.

Gallery label from Max Ernst: Beyond Painting, September 23, 2017-January 1, 2018.
Medium
Line block print with ink on paper
Dimensions
15 3/4 x 11" (40 x 27.9 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
278.1937
Copyright
© 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Drawings and Prints

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Tristan Tzara, Paris. Given to him by the artist, 1919 - 1937
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from Tristan Tzara, 1937

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