Tuesday, February 15, 2011

ABC Wednesday

E is for Ernst

Max Ernst

(2 April 1891 – 1 April 1976)  
German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst is considered to be one of the primary pioneers of the Dada movement and Surrealism.

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Max Ernst

 Max Ernsts
Self-Portrait

The German painter-poet Max Ernst was a member of the dada movement and a founderof surrealism. A self-taught artist, he formed a Dada group in Cologne, Germany, with other avant-garde artists. He pioneered a method called frottage, in which a sheet of paper is placed on the surface of an objectand then penciled over until the texture of the surface is transferred. In 1925, he showed his work at the first surrealist painting exhibition in Paris. 
Ernst with fellow Surrealist artist Dorothea Tanning


1921

A friends' Reunion_
1922

 Oedipus Rex 
1922
1923


"Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation."
Max Ernst

 L'Ange du foyer ou Le Triomphe du surréalisme 
1937
 The Phases of the Night
1946


The Garden of France
1962 

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22 comments:

  1. I don't understand his art, but I can certainly appreciate his expertise. I love that self-portrait; what piercing eyes!!

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  2. Very surreal. Excellent E day post!
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  3. Oh my goodness, what an imagination, what expression of it.. and a handsome man to boot!

    Thanks again for the introductionto a new artist for me.

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  4. I've sen a couple of these SOMEWHERE... ENTERTAINING.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  5. I'm always fascinated by Surrealism - less so by Dada. I wouldn't want their work hanging in my home, but the paintings are usually stand-outs in any gallery or museum.

    As I was viewing these, and thinking that they looked like torture, I was suddenly struck by the idea that Surrealism was actually invented not by these artists in the twentieth century, but by Hieronymus Bosch in the the sixteenth. Look at a Google search of Bosch images and I think the comparison is striking.

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  6. Oh, so marvelous. The more I work with middler schoolers, the more I appreciate surreal art!

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  7. Excellent and informative. I appreciate the wonderful style and photos you've used to illustrate this artist!

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  8. Holy Cow - my head is spinning!

    It seems to me that not all surrealists have such an abundance of both imagination and technique.

    Beautiful collection, My Dear!

    ;)

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  9. I've always found surrealism to be a little scary and wonder where their imagination comes from.

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  10. Like Steve, torture was my thought on seeing Ernst's work. I knew the name but had not seen much of his work at all. Thank you once more for your mini-courses on artists each week!
    HelenMac, ABC Wednesday Team

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  11. Scary. At first I thought it was Dali-esque but then I thought, just scary!

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  12. Thank you, all!

    Surrealism is worth a shot at preserving, I think! And beyond Dali, since there are so many good surrealists in art, film, photography, sculpture and even bookbinding!

    I will try to get out to visit you all, though it may not happen tonight because it's my volunteer night. Could be canceled, though.

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  13. Steve - do you mean you'd rather not have " L'Ange du foyer ou Le Triomphe du surréalisme " hanging in front of you when you wake up in the morning? ;-)

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  14. Filled to the brim with Freudian metaphors, mythology, and memories his work really is a moving feast of shape and color. Some of his pieces are so viscerally intense, they're more than a little frightening.

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  15. I think the 1937 painting might ruin a perfectly good night of sleep for me tonight.

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  16. heehee, just read your comment to steve...these are fascinating and interesting he was self-taught and SO good looking...so often there seems to be such imaginative use of everything possible with those who don't play by the rules fixed by the established 'way'.... have not seen you around, thinking it is again my settings not working, knowing blogger, so have gone to the pop-up and hope you will stop by... tho nothing so stimulating as these pieces will be seen over in my neck of the woods. xxx

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  17. Susan - I love that intensity. The psyche can be very twisted.

    Jack - oh, well. Next time, scroll down to an impressionism post as an antidote! I do it all the time. :-)

    Linda - " so often there seems to be such imaginative use of everything possible with those who don't play by the rules fixed by the established 'way' "

    May I quote you on that, darlin'? Well said. :-)

    What? Do you have a new post out? I will be right over!

    And yes, Ernst is dreamy. And he was with that beautiful woman surrealist - Dorothea Tanning. Must have been quite the romance.

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  18. Pagan - that is the very painting I had in mind when I thought about hanging these in my house... You nailed it - particularly the thought of waking to it.

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  19. This is wonderful! Ernst and Magritte are my favorite surrealists.

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  20. Lib - I'm glad you enjoyed it! We've got to catch up. :-)

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