Max Ernst: The Paris Years


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Dimitri Ozerkov


Focusing on Max Ernst’s early Paris exhibitions, which launched his career as major Surrealist

One of the leading Surrealists, Max Ernst could justly be described as the greatest investigator of the human consciousness. He created fantastical, apparently inconceivable images that hark back to our inner world, to the childish reminiscences that feed the subconscious.

This book accompanies an exhibition at the Hermitage Museum of some twenty paintings and works on paper from the 1920s, Ernst’s first French period. Many come from a private collection that has its roots in that of noted Paris dealer Aram Mouradian. The early 1920s were an important period that marked the transition from Dada to Surrealism not only for Ernst but in European art as a whole. In the first half of the decade Ernst produced his so-called proto-Surrealist pictures, in which the artist moved away from avant-garde experimentation towards a more poetic and integral artistic image, starting to experiment with the painting technique itself. Never before shown in Russia, these works represent an important stage in the development of Ernst’s output.

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Weight 714 g
Dimensions 21.3 x 26.6 cm
Publisher name Fontanka
Publication date 26 November 2019
Number of pages 160
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 21.3 x 26.6 cm
Weight 714 g
Georges Sebbag met André Breton in 1964 and took part in activities of the Surrealist group. He is co-editor of The International Encyclopaedia of Surrealism. Julia Drost is research director at the German Centre for History of Art in Paris. Dimitri Ozerkov is director of the Department of Contemporary Art at the State Hermitage Museum.