Posts Tagged ‘max ernst’

Artist of the moment……….Otto Freundlich


Otto Freundlich was among the first Abstract artists. Otto Freundlich was born in Stolpe, Germany in the year 1878. The artist exhibited his works with several of the more modern societies of artists including the Dada group.

Before becoming an artist Freundlich had aspirations of being a dentist.

His work was seen as degenerate by the Nazis. Much of his work is thought to have been destroyed by Nazi powers.

After the first world war the artist lived in Paris, France. Whilst still living in France he was detained by the authorities in 1943. The artist was taken to a concentration camp where he was killed the first day he arrived.

The artist had a talent for layering many unique shapes in his work but his works don’t look cluttered at all.

Price range information: The artist worked as a printmaker, and also with oils, pastels, and gouache. Works range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Below we view a show featuring the art of Otto Freundlich:


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!



Artist of the moment…….Jimmy Ernst



Jimmy Ernst was a wonderful painter renown for his abstract expressionist paintings. Jimmy is the son of Max Ernst, the renown Surrealist painter. His mother was an art historian and journalist.  Ernst received no formal art training.

Jimmy Ernst was born in Cologne, Germany in the year 1920. The artist was raised by his mother in Germany whilst his father remained in France working as a painter. His mother was Jewish and when Hitler took over Germany his mother was put under surveillance and Jimmy Ernst was sent to live with grandfather.

Jimmy Ernst came to the United States in 1938. He sought the release of his father from a Nazi occupied France and received. His mother however was killed at at Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944.


The artist was also a teacher a Brooklyn College located in New York City. He also married and had two children that went on to become professional artists.

Ernst was given membership to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design.

My favorite Monday night program, the Antiques Roadshow, takes a closer look at work by Jimmy Ernst:


Jimmy Ernst passed away in 1984.

In this clip a wonderful interview with the a son and ex-wife of Jimmy Ernst:

Price range information: Ernst worked in watercolors, gouache, acrylics, and oils with prices ranging from $4,000 to $100,000. Ernst occasionally produced prints.

What a family of artists! What genes and creativity!


Artist of the moment….Surrealist master Dorothea Tanning….

Dorothea Tanning is well known for her Surrealist paintings and for the fact she lived to be nearly 102 years old!  I hope you read my previous posts about artists who broke the one hundred year barrier. Tanning was born in 1910 in Galesburg, Illinois. She went on to a successful career as a highly versatile artist. She not only painted and sculpted but also designed theater sets and costumes.

For her collegiate studies Tanning attended Knox University which is located in the artist’s hometown of Galesburg, Illinois. Tanning also studied at the Chicago Institute of Art.

Below is a brief montage of the Dorothea Tanning’s paintings.

Price range information : Tanning worked in many mediums over her very long life.  Collage works can be found for around $1o,000. Etchings and lithographs can be found from one hundred to $10,000. Oil prices range from $1,000 to $355,000. Works in watercolor can be found for less than $10,000. Tanning also made works using crayon, sculpture, and paper mache ,but not enough for consistent pricing schedule.

After her studies in Chicago the artist moved to New York in the mid 1930s. She became aware of the DADA and Surrealism movements. In the following decade Tanning started to produce her own Surrealistic works and also support with her commercial artwork.

Some of the management of the Macy corporation who liked Tanning’s fashion illustrations introduced the artist to gallery owner Julien Levy. Levy gave Tanning her first solo exhibition in 1944. Levy also introduced Tanning to the other artists who showed at his gallery. One such artist was the German painter Max Ernst. Tanning and Ernst met, fell in love, and got married. Below is a great photograph of the couple that recalls images of Steiglitz and O’Keefe.


Below is an example of Max Ernst and his Surrealistic style.


Tanning and Ernst lived mainly in Paris and Provence in France from 1949 until Ernsts death.

Tanning lived to be more than one hundred years old so her style changed from realistic to abstract and she also dabbled with the idea of soft sculpture and working with fabric or cloth rather than a harder material such as clay. Tanning’s husband Max Ernst passed away in 1976 ending 34 years of marriage.

In the 1990s and 2000s the artist focused on writing. Tanning published poetry and even a short novel titled “Chasm: ”

Tanning passed away at her home on January 31st of 2012 at the age of 101 years old!

Tanning reminds me of the British Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. Carrington passed away in 2011 and was among the best painters of the Surrealist style. Below is an example of Carrington’s style.


Its great fun to study some artists that have lived to be a centenarian. Being that old means you have lived through many phases of the art world! Some other artist’s breaking the one hundred year barrier are Martha Walter, Grandma Moses, and Theresa Bernstein.


How will you be painting when you turn 100 years old?