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oil on wood panel
27.0 × 35.0 cm
incised in paint l.c.l.: max ernst
incised in paint l.r.: max ernst 55
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1957
© Max Ernst/ADAGP, Paris. Licensed by Copyright Agency, Australia
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Gallery location
Late 19th & early 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

In 1953, Max Ernst left Arizona and settled in Touraine with his American wife, the Surrealist painter Dorothea Tanning. Living on their farm of ‘Pin-Perdu’, the couple enjoyed a period of tranquillity and great productivity. Tanning repeatedly used rose imagery, and stated: ‘around 1955 my canvases literally splintered … I broke the mirror, you might say’. The title of this 1955 grattage (rubbing) painting is obscure, but perhaps refers to this episode or even to the skein of graduated pinks rippling across the lower section of the image and emerging from beneath a black surface layer.