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Artist of the Day – Max Ernst

Posted by dorian on September 25, 2009


Max Ernst, photograph by Yousuf Karsh, 1965.

A founding member of the Surrealist group in Paris, German-born Max Ernst (1891–1976) was one of the most inventive artists of the 20th century. His paintings, steeped in Freudian metaphors, private mythology, and childhood memories, are regarded today as icons of Surrealist art.

Max Ernst Bio


The Postman Cheval 1932 Paper and fabric collage with pencil, ink, and gouache on paper on canvas 17 7/8 x 14 7/8 in. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice


The Kiss (Le Baiser), 1927. Oil on canvas, 50 3/4 x 63 1/2 inches (129 x 161.2 cm). The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice


At the First Clear Word 1923 Oil on plaster on canvas Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf Mural from Paul Eluard's house in Eaubone, later transferred to canvas


The Eye of Silence 1943/44 Oil on canvas 108 x 141 cm Washington University Art Gallery, Saint Louis, MO


Two Children are Threatened by a Nightingale. 1924. Oil on wood with wooden elements. 69.8 x 57.1 x 11.4 cm. The Museum of Modern Arts, New York, NY, USA.


Max Ernst, The Gramineous Bicycle..., 1921. Gouache, ink, and pencil on printed paper.


The Couple in Lace. 1925. Oil on canvas. 101.5 x 142 cm. Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands.


Design in Nature. 1947. Oil on canvas. 50.8 x 66.7 cm. Private collection.


Sign for a School of Monsters. 1968. Oil on canvas. 88 x 115 cm. Private collection.


1909 Self Portrait

For more Ernst, click on self portrait

10 Responses to “Artist of the Day – Max Ernst”

  1. dorian said

    i thoroughly enjoyed that. a feast of moving colors. yumm.


  2. Stephanie said

    Ernst was a wonderful artist.

    I love The Eye of Silence.


  3. dorian said

    the eye of silence – the whole picture strikes you with a quiet, pleasing palette of green hue then surprises with detail and dimension. there is a lot happening in that ‘silence’. hey stephanie the lady in the picture reminds me of you. same kind of aura i saw in your picture.


  4. Pokeyerhotass said

    love it Dorian….M.O.’s for days…..


  5. Princessxxx said

    oooh, i love it too dorian.


  6. dorian said

    soliciting suggestions for next artist of the day post, for blog beautification…


  7. princessxxx said

    keith haring
    the reverend howard finster
    claes oldenberg


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