In this poetic little painting from 1925, Max Ernst handles his medium in an unorthodox and intuitive way, and freely associates various landscape elements. It dates from the period when Ernst was making the transition from figurative to more abstract compositions. We can easily follow the process: the artist has allowed the paint, applied in a playful spirit, to form a contrast with the graphic aspect of the scratched lines, some of which are ordered and others more loosely 'scribbled'. This technique of grattage ('scratching') was developed by Max Ernst as the painterly equivalent of his frottage ('rubbing') technique in charcoal or pencil on paper, a technique with which the artist introduced the visual equivalent of the Surrealist écriture automatique developed in literature in his drawings and paintings.The museum acquired Vegetation in 1999, as the first work in its collection to represent international Surrealism.
SizeH: 27 cm
MediumOil on panel