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For Sigmar Polke’s edition for Parkett 30 (image 2) the artist was inspired by an illustration he found in one of Max Ernst’s novels written between 1928-1934 (image 1, bottom left corner). Polke also included this open box of silverware containing a pair of crossed spoons in another of his works (image 3). As Gabriele Wix notes in her text “Of Snakes, Sleeping Mothers, and Butterflies without Wings” (Parkett 30, 1991, p.105 ff.) Ernst’s novels were “… strange books with ineffable, minutely detailed illustrations in which worlds that know nothing of each other are united. Captions and chapter headings suggest a narrative structure but otherwise they have little in common with the traditional notion of a novel.”