Max Ernst

Max Ernst

A Retrospective

Book - 2005
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Max Ernst (1891?1976) was a pivotal figure in the history of twentieth-century art. A leader of the Dada movement in Germany, he later joined the circle of writers and artists gathered in Paris around André Breton, the unofficial founder of the Surrealist movement. At the outset of World War II, Ernst fled Germany for the United States, first going to New York and eventually settling in Sedona, Arizona. Ernst returned to Europe in 1950 and continued to explore Surrealist imagery and methods throughout his life.

This important book accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of Ernst’s work held in the United States in thirty years. It examines his pioneering accomplishments in painting, collage, and sculpture and considers his use of the techniques of frottage, grattage, and decalcomania. Also featured are Ernst’s unique collage novels--narratives comprising disparate images culled from nineteenth-century engravings and combined in surreal, unsettling compositions. Leading scholars write on various aspects of Ernst’s life and art: Werner Spies on Ernst in America; Ludger Derenthal on Ernst and politics; Pepe Karmel on Ernst and contemporary art; Thomas Gaehtgens on Ernst and the old masters; and Robert Storr on the collage novels.


A comprehensive look at the life and work of a pioneering 20th-century artist


Blackwell North Amer
This volume accompanies a major retrospective of Ernst's work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the first held in the United States in thirty years. Every work in the exhibition is reproduced in the lavish plates section of the book, and many comparative illustrations are included. The texts by experts in the field follow Ernst's peripatetic career and offer fresh insights into his oeuvre.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven : Yale University Press, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780300107180
0300107188
9781588391520
1588391523
9781588391513
1588391515
Branch Call Number: 709.2 ERNST MAX
Characteristics: xvii, 301 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 32 cm
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Apr. 7-July 10, 2005

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