Artist of the moment…….Max Ernst


Max Ernst was a painter who worked in a Surrealist style and he was also the father of the previous post, Jimmy Ernst. Max Ernst was born in Bruhl, Germany in the year 1891. His father was a teacher to deaf and mute students. His father also was an amateur painter.

The artist was a painter, printmaker, and mixed media artist producing works in glass and bronze.

Ernst served his country in the first World War. As soon as the war was over he married an art history student, Luise Straus.

Max Ernst was a founding member of the D.A.D.A. movement.

Ernst enjoyed using birds in his artwork.

When he moved to the United States after World War 2, he married art patron Peggy Guggenheim. This marriage lasted a few years and Ernst would then marry artist and writer Dorothea Tanning. Of his three marriages this one lasted the longest. The couple were together for the rest of Max Ernst’s life.



In this clip a great selection of works by Max Ernst:

Max Ernst passed away in 1976 at the age of 84 years old.

Price range information: Max Ernst worked in many mediums with prints starting at $10,000 to originals which can reach $1.5 million dollars.

What a family of artists!




  1. nannus Said:

    Worth a visit: Max-Ernst Museum in Brühl
    By the way, they are just starting a Hans Arp exhibition there.

    • diattaart1 Said:

      Thanks for the additional references to this great family of artists! I still have yet to see a work from the Ernst family of artists in person.

      • nannus Said:

        I am living in Cologne and Brühl is just outside the city, a few kilometers from here, so works of this artist are very accessible from here. I have also seen some of Max Ernst’s works in Paris in the Centre Pompidou. I was especially fascinated by the textures he creates in some of his paintings. I also found his his collages very fascinating. There was a fantastic exhibition of the collage cycle Une semaine de bonté ( in the Brühl museum some time ago, showing the originals. Very fascinating.

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