ERNST, Max. Mr. Knife and Mrs. Fork. Text by René Crevel, translated by Kay Boyle. With 19 photograms of frottages by Max Ernst. 8vo., bound in the original full black cloth, elaborately gilt and embossed designed by Ernst on covers, in a sleeve and slipcase by Leroux. Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1931.
A celebrated and rare surrealist collaboration. This is one of 200 copies on "finest Bristol paper." The nineteen photograms illustrating the book were produced from Max Ernst's frottages, created by rubbing translucent paper on top of a textured surface/image. Using this "impression" on the special paper, Ernst then shot light through the thin paper onto photosensitive paper underneath, creating a type of photographic negative. These were then reproduced in the form of negative photograms with the assistance of Man Ray. The resulting white lines and white designs set off against the pitch black background set the perfect surrealist stage for Ernst's powerful and unsettling imagery. A superb copy with the frontispiece signed by Max Ernst.
Rainwater, Beyond Surrealism 30. Roth, The Book of 101 Books 66-67. Spies & Leppien, Max Ernst Das Graphische Werk 13. Spies & Rewald, Max Ernst A Retrospective, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005, # 107.
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