Portrait of August Bolte (Portrait Auguste Bolte), from Kurt Schwitters, "Auguste Bolte"

Accession Number

Portrait of August Bolte (Portrait Auguste Bolte), from Kurt Schwitters, "Auguste Bolte"

Max Ernst

Artist Nationality
German (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
lithograph on chine collé

12 9/16 in x 9 ⅛ in (31.91 cm x 23.18 cm);7 3/10 in x 3 ⅛ in (18.57 cm x 7.94 cm);14 3/10 in x 19 3/10 in (36.35 cm x 49.05 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Alfred E. Pernt Memorial Fund in honor of Doctor of Technical Sciences Max H. J. Pernt and his wife Anna Pernt (née Mueller)

Label copy
Ernst produced over 500 prints in various media, many of which were created as frontispieces or illustrations to his own books, as well as those by other authors. This lithograph, printed by Pierre Chave and published by Jean Hugues in Paris, appeared as the frontispiece in a book by Kurt Schwitters, Auguste Bolte. Using frottage as he had done in his lithograph Dancers, Ernst creates a whimsical figure, an automaton composed of elements taken from various materials.
Label copy from exhibition "Dreamscapes: The Surrealist Impulse," August 22 - October 25, 1998

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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modern and contemporary art

2 Related Resources

All Artists in the Degenerate Art Show
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Post-WWII German Surrealism
(Part of: Artist Associations and Art Movements)

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