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Max Ernst

(1891-1976)

Max Ernst Portrait

Biography

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Max Ernst was born on 2 April 1891 in Brühl, near Cologne, the first son of Philipp Ernst, teacher of the deaf and amateur painter, and his wife, Luise, née Kopp. Max Ernst never received any formal artistic training. In 1910-1914 he studied philosophy and psychiatry at Bonn University and took a deep interest in painting.

In 1914 Ernst got acquainted with Jean (Hans) Arp, and their lifelong friendship began. With the outburst of the First World War Ernst was conscripted to the army, where he served in the field artillery till the end of the war, never dropping his interest in art. It was during the war, in 1916, when he took part in the "Sturm" exhibition in Berlin. To the same period date his first contacts with Dada artists.Read Max Ernst's Full Biography


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Max Ernst. Fruit of a Long Experience. Fruit of a Long Experience. 1919. Painted wood relief. 45.7 x 38 cm. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. Family Excursions. Family Excursions. c.1919. Oil on canvas. 36 x 26 cm. Narodni Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. Aquis submersus. Aquis submersus. 1919. oil on canvas. 54 x 43.8 cm. Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt-on-Main, Germany. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. Le Limaçon de chambre. Le Limaçon de chambre. 1920. Tempera, goache, ink, pencil, collage on paper. 31.2 x 22.2 cm. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. Untitled. Untitled. 1920. Gouache, Chinese ink and pencil on cardboard. 30 x 25 cm. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. The Small Fistule That Says Tic Tac / La petite fistule lacrimale qui dit tic tac. The Small Fistule That Says Tic Tac / La petite fistule lacrimale qui dit tic tac. 1920. Gouache on paper. 36.2 x 24.5 cm. The Museum of Modern Arts, New York, NY, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. The Fall of an Angel / La Chute d'un ange. The Fall of an Angel / La Chute d'un ange. . Collage and oil on paper. 44 x 34 cm. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. Un peu malade le cheval patte pelu. Un peu malade le cheval patte pelu. 1920. Collage and gouache on paper mounted on cardboard. 16 x 23 cm. GAM - Galleria Civica d'arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. The Gramineous Bicycle Garnished with Bells the Dappled Fire Damps and the Echinoderms Bending the Spine to Look for Caresses. The Gramineous Bicycle Garnished with Bells the Dappled Fire Damps and the Echinoderms Bending the Spine to Look for Caresses. 1920/21. Gouache on print. 74.3 x 99.7 cm. The Museum of Modern Arts, New York, NY, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. Young Chimera / Jeune chimère. Young Chimera / Jeune chimère. 1921. Collage, gouache and Chinese ink on paper. 29 x 9 cm. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. Birds; also: Birds, Fish-Snake and Scarecrow. Birds; also: Birds, Fish-Snake and Scarecrow. c.1921. Oil on canvas. 58 x 62.8 cm. Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, Munich, Germany. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. Approaching Puberty or The Pleiads/La Puberté proche... ou Les Pléiades. Approaching Puberty or The Pleiads/La Puberté proche... ou Les Pléiades. 1921. Mixed media on paper, mounted on Cardboard. 24.5 x 16.6 cm. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. Célèbes or Elephant Célèbes. Célèbes or Elephant Célèbes. 1921. Oil on canvas. 125.4 x 107.9 cm. Tate Gallery, London, UK. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. The Word or Woman-Bird / La Parole ou Femme-oiseau. The Word or Woman-Bird / La Parole ou Femme-oiseau. 1921. Collage and gouache on paper. 18.5 x 10.6 cm. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Max Ernst. Seascape. Seascape. 1921. Oil on canvas. 66 x 81 cm. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
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