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Coucher de Soleil (Sunset)

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Max Ernst (1891-1976)1963Seillans, France, produced in Indiaknotted carpet, wool 147 x 203 cm

A yellow sun with an almond-shape halo creating the illusion of an eye is hovering above the horizon. Below, blossom-like large sea-shells are floating in a dark undeterminable space. The setting sun is casting an enigmatic light on the forms suspended below the surface of the water. The knobby texture of this knotted carpet adds a sense of continuous motion to the overall composition. Max Ernst exploited this characteristic of the textile for his design, which was crafted in a workshop in India.