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The Wood

ERNST, Max (1891 - 1976)

The Wood

Date: 1927

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 60.5 x 81.5 cm

Acquired: 1991; Gift; Miss A. F. Brown through the Contemporary Art Society

Accession Number: NMW A 503

Ernst was haunted by the atmosphere of forests and by the birds which inhabit them. Here, the herring-bone effect of the trees and the grainy sky reveal his technique of grattage. Layers of paint were applied to the canvas, which was pressed against a sheet of stamped metal and a rough plank and scraped. Born near Cologne, Ernst studied philosophy before becoming a leading Surrealist in Paris. This work was given to the Contemporary Art Society by Miss A.F. Brown in 1940.


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