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Max Ernst

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Germany
Date(s):
1891- 1976



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Max Ernst was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. He was an artillery officer in WWI, but still managed to paint. During the Second World War he was saved from the Gestapo with the...

Max Ernst was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. He was an artillery officer in WWI, but still managed to paint. During the Second World War he was saved from the Gestapo with the help of Peggy Guggenheim, whom he briefly married. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism. His Dada collages and photomontages were ingeniously arranged to suggest the multiple identity of the things depicted. Ernst used several different techniques including frottage (pencil rubbings) which provided him with a means of evoking hallucinatory visions, and decalcomania, (the technique of transferring paint from one surface to another by pressing the two surfaces together). In later life Ernst created more sculpture and was less experimental. Significant collections of his work are held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Tate Gallery, London.




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