Surrealism is fascinating – still and lasting. Its manifold aspects differ from time, places, circumstances, and individual characters of their protagonists. In regard of recognition, there is a significant gap between the European (male) positions and the (female) positions of the Americas. In its exhibition Surrealism and Beyond, DIE GALERIE wants to build bridges and show the links between by one of the most prominent examples of Surrealism, Max Ernst, and surrounding artists.
Very fast, one has to leave the path that the both charismatic and demanding artist Max Ernst only influenced colleagues and family members; moreover, he likewise was inspired vice versa.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 6:30 PM
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wilhelm
CEO of the foundation Max Ernst, Brühl
The artist Amy Ernst is present.
Special Show: AMY ERNST
Painted in 1925, La Forêt belongs to one of the most creative periods in Max Ernst’s oeuvre, marked by a constant stream of technical experimentation and invention. It was during these years that the artist established his visual universe of themes and images that were to become central to his entire career. One of Ernst’s key subjects was the forest, and it was in the series of Forêt paintings of the 1920s that Ernst first explored his newly developed grattage technique. His experimentation with the application of pigment onto the surface had resulted in the discovery of frottage earlier in the year: fascinated by the rich texture of floorboards, Ernst would place sheets of paper onto their surface and rub over them with graphite. This would result in various relief-like forms that suggested particular images to the artist, and with a few strokes added by hand he would arrive at fantastic and unexpected compositions.
Max Ernst's La Forêt is part of our exhibition Surrealism and Beyond. Visit us at DIE GALERIE and admire this early work with your own eyes!