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Une Semaine de Bonté - Vintage Rare Book Illustrated by Max Ernst - 1934




Une Semaine de Bonté is an original modern rare book illustrated by Max Ernst (1891 - 1976) in 1934. Original edition of 816 numbered copies. Published by Jeanne Bucher, Paris. Format: in 4°. 182 full page collages. Five volumes 4° in a slipcase. Good conditions. Important and rare artist book, whose volumes should have been seven like the days of the week, but only six were already proposed in the declaration of the editor. During the development of the edition it was decided to make just five of them, the last of which comprising the last three chapters of the work. Each of the volumes has a different colored cover, and each is made up of phototype plates obtained from collages of lithographs (mostly nineteenth-century, taken from encyclopedias, novels and illustrated magazines of the nineteenth century). This makes this work an early example of conceptual art. Max Ernst in 1934. Originally a Dada activist in Germany, Max Ernst (1891 - 1976) became one of the early adherents of the Surrealist circle. As a child living in a small community near Cologne, Ernst had considered his existence incredible and full of wonders. In autobiographical transcripts, written mostly in the third person, he said of his birth: “Max Ernst had his first contact with the world of sense on the 2nd April 1891 at 9:45 a.m., when he emerged from the egg which his mother had laid in an eagle’s nest and which the bird had incubated for seven years”. Ernst’s service in the German army during World War I swept away his early success as an Expressionist. In his own words: “Max Ernst died on 1st August 1914. He returned to life on 11th November 1918, a young man who wanted to become a magician and find the central myth of his age. From time to time he consulted the eagle which had guarded the egg of his prenatal existence. The bird’s advice can be detected in his work”. The work has been published by Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris. Founded in 1925 the Jeanne Bucher Jaeger Gallery today continues its activities with a program of historical and contemporary artists.


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    Max Ernst (1891-1976, German)
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    Height: 10.04 in. (25.5 cm)Width: 12.41 in. (31.5 cm)Depth: 0.4 in. (1 cm)
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    Roma, IT
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