Museum Folkwang
Der Kaiser von Wahaua
  • Max Ernst
  • Der Kaiser von Wahaua, around 1920

  • The Emperor of Wahaua
  • Oil on canvas
  • 83,5 x 78 cm
  • Acquired in 1972 with the support of the Agnes-und-Eugen-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung and the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. G 386
  • CommentaryWhen Max Ernst began working on this painting it had the working title of ›Faubourg Dada‹. In the course of his work, the artist painted over part of his canvas, transforming the Emperor of Wahaua into the focal point of his Dadaist iconography of the real and surreal. The model for the figure of the ruler was a photograph of the Ugandan King Daudi in Emil Ludwig's book ›Reise nach Afrika‹, published in Berlin in 1913. In the background, Max Ernst cites details from a 1919 catalog of a Cologne manufacturer of teaching materials for natural science classes, which the artist used as source of motifs for other works of this period. Illustrative models from the world of animals and plants are thus placed in a new context and re-interpreted, a typical example of the artist's enigmatic, expressive art.
  • ProvenanceGerth Schreiner
    Paula Griese, Berlin
    William und Sibyl Fikke, New York
    um 1965, The Park Avenue Gallery (Beatrice Orenstein), New York
    Juliette Cramer, Paris
    1972, Galerie Wilhelm Großhennig, Düsseldorf
    seit 1972, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,276
  • Obj_Internet_S: Highlight
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Der Kaiser von Wahaua
  • Obj_Title2_S: The Emperor of Wahaua
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Der Kaiser von Wahaua The Emperor of Wahaua Der Kaiser von Wahaua
  • Obj_Dating_S: around 1920
  • Jahr von: 1,915
  • Jahr bis: 1,925
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 386
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0386
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 83,5 x 78 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1972 with the support of the Agnes-und-Eugen-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung and the Folkwang-Museumsverein
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Commentary
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When Max Ernst began working on this painting it had the working title of ›Faubourg Dada‹. In the course of his work, the artist painted over part of his canvas, transforming the Emperor of Wahaua into the focal point of his Dadaist iconography of the real and surreal. The model for the figure of the ruler was a photograph of the Ugandan King Daudi in Emil Ludwig's book ›Reise nach Afrika‹, published in Berlin in 1913. In the background, Max Ernst cites details from a 1919 catalog of a Cologne manufacturer of teaching materials for natural science classes, which the artist used as source of motifs for other works of this period. Illustrative models from the world of animals and plants are thus placed in a new context and re-interpreted, a typical example of the artist's enigmatic, expressive art.