Max Ernst

Histoire naturelle

1,220€  *
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  • 1972

  • 50 x 32,5 cm

  • 1891 - 1976

  • Introduction by Hans Arp. Stuttgart: Hatje 1972. With 1 signed original lithography and 34 illustrations. Original box. Some signs of use

  • Spies/L. 222 A.

  • Ex. II/XX , made for private use / not for sale, 1 enclosed original graphic work

b. Brühl 02|04|1891, d. Paris, 01|04|1976; painter, printmaker and sculptor


He was absolutely confused. His eyesight was hallucinatory increased. Ahead on the table was lying a catalogue for teaching materials full of pictures of plants, animals, historic incidents or scenes from everyday life. It was around 1920, a rainy day in Cologne, when Ernst began to acquire a new artistic technique. The self-taught artist began to dissect imagery, arranged the paper shavings, painted them over and pasted them over again, again and again. Before he grasped the scissors Ernst had studied philosophy, philology, psychology and art history, served as a soldier in war and was artisticly influenced as well by folk art as by avant-garde art. With his collages he became a member of the Dada movement as well as he was involved in Surrealist activities first in Cologne and since 1923 in Paris. There he extended his artistic abilities by self-developed frottage techniques and by advanced grattage. In 1941 he flew together with Peggy Guggenheim from the Nazi occupied France into the USA but returned to Paris in 1953. (CD)

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