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In 1922, the German Dadaist Max Ernst moved to Paris, where he came into contact with the Surrealists. He gradually applied the collage method, which he initially used with paper, to his painted compositions. The man and woman are difficult to distinguish in this wonderfully poetic couple.


Title Le couple
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 03
Dimensions (general) Height : 106,5 cm
Width : 142 cm
Makers Painter: Max Ernst
Accession number 2708 (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1966
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1966
Age maker About 32 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Collectie - surrealisme (2017)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Een paraplu, een naaimachine en een ontleedtafel. Surrealisme à la Dalí in Rotterdam. (2013)
External exhibitions Power Mask. The Power of Masks (2017)
Material Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Germany > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Max Ernst

Brühl 1891 - Parijs 1976

After the First World War, Max Ernst was one of the founders of the Dada movement in Cologne. In 1924, Ernst was also closely involved in the foundation of surr..