Esquisse Pour Un Portrait De Max Ernst
The soul-crushing experience of imprisonment conjured by Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s etchings is also evoked in this haunting portrait that the Surrealist photographer Hans Bellmer drew of his friend and fellow artist Max Ernst. At the time they were both prisoners at a World War II internment camp for “undesirable foreigners” housed in a brick and tile factory in the South of France. Ernst’s face is rendered in a mosaic of small bricks, alluding to the artists’ incarceration, the brick prison building, and its former product.
Graphite and opaque watercolor on wove paper
4 3/8 x 5 11/16 in. (11.1 x 14.5 cm) (show scale)
Signed, "H.B." in pencil, lower right
"193 Hans Bellmer" (signature) in pencil, upper left; verso; "Square up/ S.S. (192)/H.T." upper right in pencil; "Portrait of M.E. by H. Bellmer" in pencil, lower center.
Pencil sketch on verso.
Purchase gift of the Julian Beck Memorial Fund in memory of Julian Beck
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Hans Bellmer (German, 1902-1975). Esquisse Pour Un Portrait De Max Ernst, 1939. Graphite and opaque watercolor on wove paper, 4 3/8 x 5 11/16 in. (11.1 x 14.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of the Julian Beck Memorial Fund in memory of Julian Beck, 87.53. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.53_bw.jpg)
overall, 87.53_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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