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ERNST, Max, & Paul Eluard.

Les Malheurs des Immortels....

Révélés par Paul Eluard et Max Ernst.

Availability: In stock

Published: Paris Librairie Six, 1922

Stock Code: 132709

£5,000
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition, first printing on simili-Japon paper, of this collaboration between the artist and the poet, published less than a year after Paul Éluard (1895-1952) and his wife, Elena Daikonova (1894-1982, nicknamed Gala), visited German artist Max Ernst (1891-1976) at his home in Cologne, in November 1921. This edition having been printed in small numbers is now quite rare, and while well represented institutionally in the US, OCLC only lists two copies in France, and Copac ony lists two copies in the UK.
As recalled by their daughter, Cécile Éluard, "Ernst, the German painter, became Paul Eluard's best friend at the age of 30 as well as the lover of her mother, Gala" (Poirier). The young painter moved in with the couple at their family home in Eaubonne, north of Paris and all three entered a ménage à trois in 1922. During their time together, "'Ernst had painted on the walls of almost every room of our house,' Cécile recalls now at the age of 95. 'There was a duck on wheels just above my bed.' In a dining room corner, Ernst had painted a big naked woman, whose body was sliced off. There was also a red room in which another naked woman clasped her enormous breast. Meanwhile, in her parents' room Ernst painted aardvarks eating ants and big human hands around the windows" (Poirier).
A key collaboration between European surrealists, uncommon on the market.

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Description

Quarto. Original white printed wrappers.

Illustrations

21 illustrations by Max Ernst: a frontispiece and one facing each text.

Condition

Somewhat darkened, a few stains, front joint expertly stabilised; else a very good copy.

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