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Max Ernst

Un Acteur de Talent - Original Frottage, 1972

Fine Art Drawings : pencil, paper, pastel, etching 36 x 28 x 0.1 cm


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Max Ernst, Un Acteur de Talent - Original Frottage

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"Un Acteur de Talent" is an original artwork realized by Max Ernst in 1972. It was made with mixed media on paper applied on cardboard. It is hand-signed on the lower right margin, and titled on the lower left margin. Provenance: Galerie Jan Krugier, Ginevra Galerie Beyeler, Ernst Beyeler Galleria Finarte, Chiasso. Bibliography and exhibitions: - Max Ernst ne peint plus!... Peintures récentes de décembre 1972 à janvier 1973, Galerie Alphonse Chave, Vence, marzo – aprile 1973, ill. p. 31. - Max Ernst, Galerie Beyeler, Basilea, giugno – settembre 1974, cat. 57. - Aquarelle, Gouachen, Zeichnungen, Galerie Beyeler, Basilea, 15 ottobre – 31 dicembre 1988, cat. 38. Originally a Dada activist in Germany, Max Ernst (1891-1976) became one of the early adherents of the Surrealist circle. Before adhering to Surrealism, Ernst searched every means to attain the sense of the psychic in his art. He also started creating paintings that showed the mysterious dreamlike effect of his collages. Much of the power of Surrealist works begins with the viewer’s unexpected awareness of the incompatibility and absurdity of what the artist pictured.
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36 x 28 x 0.1 cm
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Max Ernst is a German painter and sculptor born in 1891 in Brühl and who died in 1976 in Paris. The son of painter Philipp Ernst, he began studying philosophy at the University of Bonn in 1909, but quickly abandoned this in order to devote himself to art. In 1911, he met the members of the Blaue Reiter group with whom he exhibited two years later.

Between 1909 and 1913, his early paintings were inspired by expressionism, then later became more surreal. In 1913, he left for Paris and met Guillaume Apollinaire and Robert Delaunay. The First World War then spread through Europe and Max Ernst found a common desire for protest among his colleagues in the Dada movement. He then actively participated in the Dada movement in Cologne, which became an important centre for the movement. Paul Klee and Marcel Duchamp were marked influences on his works at this time.

In 1929, he discovered De Chirico's metaphysical painting, and became Paul Eluard's friend in 1921. He then explored dream painting in a fantastically realist style. In 1925, he invented the technique of 'frottage' (rubbing), where he would let his pencil move over a piece of paper placed on various surfaces, allowing mysterious patterns to appear at random. Over the course of his many travels, he also made collages and later tried his hand at sculpture.

In 1945, Max Ernst fled from Europe to New York where he continued his art with Marc Chagall and Marcel Duchamp while also contributing to the birth of abstract expressionism. However, he returned to France in the 1950s and after receiving a prize at the Venice Biennale, he was excluded from the surrealist movement. The Max Ernst Museum with 300 of his works opened in Brühl in 2005 and many exhibitions are dedicated to him, notably in Paris.

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