Visual art

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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