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La ville pétrifiée (The Petrified City)

© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2024. Image credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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An abstracted urban landscape comprising of textured, patterned 'grattage' rectangles piled one upon the other beneath a large, pale full moon. The patterns are created by pressing painted paper over a textured surface and then scraping away the paint in layers.

Manchester Art Gallery



La ville pétrifiée (The Petrified City)




oil on paper


H 50.5 x W 60.9 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from Roland, Browse and Delbanco, 1955

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Inscription description

artist's inscription : : brc : artist's name : max ernst


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