The Wednesday Painting – Two Children are Threatened by a Nightingale – Max Ernst

This week’s painting is Max Ernst’s Two Children are Threatened by a Nightingale.

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I hope you like it!

Max Ernst (April 1891-April 1976), an intellectual artist, was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. One of the key founders of ‘Dadaism’ and ‘Surrealism,’ Max enrolled in the University of Bonn in 1909, where he studied philosophy and abnormal psychology, which provided material for his art. Ezine Articles

The Wednesday Painting – Pietà or Revolution by Night by Max Ernst

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pietà or revolution by night by max ernst, 1923

Pieta (Revolution By Night)

Date: 1923; Paris, France
Style: Surrealism
Period: First French period
Media: oil, canvas
Dimensions: 88.9 x 116.2 cm
Location: Tate Gallery, London, UK

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.

Leonora Carrington – Top 10 Facts

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Above: Picture of the sculpture “Stallion” on display at the Estacion Indianilla museum in Mexico City, on April 14, 2011 as part of the exhibition of Mexican sculptor Leonora Carrington. (Getty)

Leonora Carrington was a fantastic surrealist artist and weird fiction author. Here are ten facts you need to know.

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  1. She Was a Founding Member of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Mexico
  2. Carrington was raised in a wealthy Roman Catholic family on a large estate called Crookhey Hall.
  3. She died May 25 2011 at the age of 94, and was one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s.
  4. She remained active as a painter and sculptor throughout her life, and continued to inspire younger generations.
  5. Two weeks after her death an international group of Surrealists met in Athens to explore her proposal for “Surrealist survival kits”.
  6. She had fallen in love with the 46-year-old, married, surrealist painter Max Ernst. She intended to move to Paris with him and pursue a career as an artist.The Guardian
  7. Leonora Carrington was a revolutionary before she ever encountered the Surrealists. Born into an upper class family in Lancashire, England, Leonora learned at a very early age the injustice of society.Illinois.edu
  8. Finally after many rebellious acts and expulsions from school, she succeeded in convincing her parents to let her study art at the Amédée Ozenfant Academy in London.
  9. He (Ernst) left his wife for Carrington, his “Bride of the Wind”. The couple lived together until the outbreak of W.W.II when Ernst was taken prisoner as an enemy alien. Carrington’s work during this period moves from themes of childhood filled with magical birds and animals, to a mature art based on Celtic mythology and alchemical transformation. It is an art of sensibility rather than hallucination, one in which animal guides lead the way out of a world of men who don’t know magic, fear the night, and have no mental powers except intellect. Illinois.edu
  10. “The source of Carringtion’s magical white horse lies not in Freud’s use of the horse as a symbol of male power but in the Celtic legends that nourished her childhood…the horse is sacred to the ancient tribe of the Tuatha de Danaan…the hyena belongs to the fertile world of night; the horse becomes an image of rebirth into the light of day and the world beyond the looking glass. As symbolic intermediaries between the unconscious and the natural world, they replace male Surrealists’ reliance on the image of woman as the mediating link between man and the “marvelous” and suggest the powerful role played by Nature as a source of creative power for the woman artist (Chadwick, p. 79).”

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