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The Wood

ERNST, Max (1891 - 1976)

[image: The Wood]

Date: 1927

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 60.5 x 81.5 cm

Acquired: 1991; Gift; Miss A. F. Brown through the Contemporary Art Society

Accession Number: NMW A 503

Ernst was haunted by the atmosphere of forests and by the birds which inhabit them. Here, the herring-bone effect of the trees and the grainy sky reveal his technique of grattage. Layers of paint were applied to the canvas, which was pressed against a sheet of stamped metal and a rough plank and scraped. Born near Cologne, Ernst studied philosophy before becoming a leading Surrealist in Paris. This work was given to the Contemporary Art Society by Miss A.F. Brown in 1940.

4 comments

Amgueddfa Cymru on 19 December 2014, 14:20

Dear Steve,
This work will be included in the new Gallery 14 show at National Museum Cardiff that opens tomorrow (20 December 2014).

Steve on 18 December 2014, 17:51

Is this work currently on show, if so which part of the gallery?

Amgueddfa Cymru on 3 January 2012, 09:39 (Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff)

Dear Emma, thank you for you enquiry. We are currently in the process of digitising art collections and adding the images to ArtOnline. However, The Wood is subject to copyright which prevents us from displaying it here.

emma on 1 January 2012, 12:12

i was disappointed that a lot of the work which is on show in the gallery is not actually available online. This was a difficulty, as i could not view the paintings when at home.

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