Granite Pebble by Max Ernst

Ernst, like other members of the Surrealist movement, was interested in the serendipity of 'objets trouvés'.


Painted stone
18 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £30,000)
Acquired in:
Goldfinger family

While spending the summer at Maloja, near Saint-Moritz, with his friend Giacometti, they discovered several granite stones in the water, already smooth and rounded. Ernst transformed the pebble with the decorative use of paint.


Acquired from Ernest by Erno Goldfinger; by descent.

Venue details

2 Willow Road 2 Willow Road, Hampstead, LONDON London NW3 1TH 020 7435 6166

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.50)

1 Mar – 5 Nov

Wed – Sun, 11am – 2pm entry by guided tour only (every hour on the hour, places allocated at the door), 3 – 5pm independent viewing, last entry 4.30pm