The Magic of Max Ernst

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Always slightly ahead of his time, Max Ernst is one of my favourite artists. He was creating drippy paintings long before Pollock and was one of the founders of the Cologne Dada group. There is often a hint of humour in Ernst’s 2D and 3D work, but he had a dark and gloomy side to his art too.

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Aquis submersus. 1919. oil on canvas. 54 x 43.8 cm. Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt-on-Main, Germany.

 

Max Ernst. The Fall of an Angel / La Chute d'un ange. Collage and oil on paper. 44 x 34 cm. Private collection.
Max Ernst. The Fall of an Angel / La Chute d’un ange. Collage and oil on paper. 44 x 34 cm. Private collection.
Max Ernst, La Plus Belle (detail), 1967. Photo: courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery.
Max Ernst, La Plus Belle (detail), 1967.
Photo: courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery.
"Max Ernst Paramyths: Sculpture, 1934–1967" at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (installation view). Photo: courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery.
“Max Ernst Paramyths: Sculpture, 1934–1967” at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (installation view).
Photo: courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery.
"Max Ernst Paramyths: Sculpture, 1934–1967" at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (installation view). Photo: courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery.
“Max Ernst Paramyths: Sculpture, 1934–1967” at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (installation view).
Photo: courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery.
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  1. Max is also one of my favourites as well, in fact I did a series of posts on his work…A Week of Max Ernst(after his collage novel A Week of Kindness)

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    1. oddspecs says:

      I love that book! I like to photocopy random pages, cut bits out and get my students to make new collages from them :p

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      1. The Blessed Virgin Chastising The Infant Jesus Before Three Witnesses-Max Ernst 1926Max Ernst is the complete Surrealist artist. With Johannes …
        A Week of Max Ernst: Sunday
        paul eluard,johannes baargeld,andre breton,surrealism,mouvement flou,collage,collage novel,cologne dada fair,max ernst
        https://cakeordeathsite.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/a-week-of-max-ernst-sunday/

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      2. So do I… I have sent you Sunday

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        1. oddspecs says:

          Thank you! It’s a great piece 🙂 I’ve shared your post.x

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          1. Thank you so much… It’s a week so there is 6 more of them

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  2. I like him. I don’t know about art from an intellectual perspective, but if you like art that is different, maybe check out stinkinghand.blogspot.com. It’s different.

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    1. oddspecs says:

      I do like art that is different and I love this.x how come there are no recent posts? Anyway, if you’d like to get involved in any way, please email me: examiningtheodd@gmail.com

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      1. Hi Odd Specs-I don’t know why. I go away for long periods sometimes just because I get interested in other things. Maybe he’s the same way.

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        1. oddspecs says:

          Ah, I assumed it was your work, sorry!

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      2. Just noticed he posted on Instagram under bob_schneider_music

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        1. oddspecs says:

          Aha.x I will follow

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