Heavenly And Earthly Love
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Max Ernst, German (Brühl, Germany 1891 - 1976 Paris, France)
Heavenly and Earthly Love
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Himmlische und irdische Liebe
Work Type
c. 1923
Creation Place: Europe, France, Paris
Level 1, Room 1500, Modern and Contemporary Art, Art in Germany Between the Wars
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on millboard
48 x 63 cm (18 7/8 x 24 13/16 in.)
framed: 71 x 85.5 x 4 cm (27 15/16 x 33 11/16 x 1 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • (not assigned): Inscriptions/stickers on verso of painting, attached to back of millboard:

    Sticker, red rimmed: Art Institute of Chicago/Max Ernst/Heavenly and Earthy Love/Mrs. Julian Levy Loan/1224.1982

    Sticker, gray strips top and bottom: AH/Max Ernst/"Heavenly and Earthly Love"/oil on board/193/4 x 25 1/2"

    Sticker: Moderna Museet/Max Ernst dream and Revolution/20 Sept 2008 -11 Jan 2009/ Met/2008/063

    Sticker: Max Ernst: Dada and the Dawn of Surrealism/The Museum of Modern Art, NY 3/12/93-5/2/93/The Menil Collection, Houston 5/27/93 - 8/29/93/The Art Institute of Chicago 9/15/93 - 11/30/93/Checklist #169/ Himmlische und irdische Liebe/ca 1923/24/oil on canvas/ 19 x 25/Lender Dr Arnd Oetker

    Sticker: APF Inc/Frame makers & Conservators/315 East 91st St./Showrooms/231 East 60th Street/&/1001 Madison Ave./New York City

    Masking tape: 3191 Levy

    Sticker, white: 809

    Inscription in red crayon: 46

    Inscription in red ink: ?20
Max Ernst, Paris (ca. 1923/24); to Mr. Julien Levy (1930s?-1981), by descent; to Mrs. Julien Levy (1981-1987);,sold; [through Galerie Folker Skulima (Berlin), 6/12/87] to Dr. Arend Oetker (1987-2010), bequest; to Busch-Reisinger Museum, 2010.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Dr. Arend Oetker, donated through the Arbeitskreis für Kulturelle Aufgaben im Ausland (AKA), Committee for the Promotion of Arts Abroad
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
Publication History

John Russell, Max Ernst: Life and Work (New York, 1967), Nr. 15

Werner Spies, Sigrid Metken, and Günter Metken, ed., Max Ernst: Werke 1906-1925, exh. cat. (Köln, Germany & Houston, 1975), Vol. 2, Nr. 635

William A. Camfield, Werner Spies, and Walter Hopps, Max Ernst: Dada and the Dawn of Surrealism, exh. cat. (Munich, Germany & Houston, 1993), Nr. 169, Plate 158

Siegfried Gohr, ed., Wahre Wunder: Sammler & Sammlungen im Rheinland, exh. cat. (Köln, Germany, 2000), Nr. G12, Plate 165

Barbara Eschenburg, Mechthild Fend, and Andreas Tacke, Pygmalions Werkstatt: die Erschaffung des Menschen im Atelier von der Renaissance bis zum Surrealismus, exh. cat., ed. Helmut Friedel (Köln & München, Germany, 2001), P. 270-71, Nr. 114

Werner Spies, Iris Müller-Westermann, and Kirsten Degel, ed., Max Ernst: Dream and Revolution, exh. cat. (Ostfildern, Germany, 2008), p. 84

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3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted