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About Max Ernst

Closely associated with Dada and Surrealism, Max Ernst made paintings, sculptures, and prints depicting fantastic, nightmarish images that often made reference to anxieties originating in childhood. Ernst demonstrated a profound interest in Freudian psychoanalysis, which is apparent in his exploration of Automatism and his invention of the Frottage technique. The artist’s psychoanalytic leanings are evident in his iconic 1923 work Pietà, or Revolution by Night, in which Ernst substitutes the image of Mary cradling the body of Christ with a depiction of the artist himself held by his father. Much of the artist’s work defied societal norms, Christian morality, and the aesthetic standards of Western academic art.

French-American, b. Germany, 1891-1976, Brühl, nr Cologne, Germany

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Impasse Ronsin, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
2016
Dadaglobe Reconstructed, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2015
Skulptur I, Ludorff, Duesseldorf
2015
Max Ernst: Paramyths, Sculpture 1934 – 1967, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
2012
Danish and International Art after 1900, Statens Museum for Kunst