Max Ernst, ‘Moonmad’, 1944, Fondation Beyeler
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Max Ernst

Moonmad, 1944

Bronze, one of ten casts
36 1/2 × 12 3/5 × 11 7/10 in
92.6 × 32.1 × 29.8 cm
Location
Riehen
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Photo: Peter Schibli / © Max Ernst / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Max Ernst
German, 1891–1976
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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.

Max Ernst, ‘Moonmad’, 1944, Fondation Beyeler
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Max Ernst
German, 1891–1976
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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.

Max Ernst

Moonmad, 1944

Bronze, one of ten casts
36 1/2 × 12 3/5 × 11 7/10 in
92.6 × 32.1 × 29.8 cm
Location
Riehen
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