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Max Ernst

[German-born French Dadaist/Surrealist Painter, 1891-1976]

• Relationships: Ernst married four times: to Luise Straus, Marie-Berthe Aurenche, art collector Peggy Guggenheim, and Surrealist artist Dorothea Tanning.
Ernst's son is the abstract painter Jimmy Ernst.
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I was no longer able to feel at ease in the somewhat puritanical and disembodied intellectualism of the more orthodox Surrealists. I feel, at heart, a far greater affinity with the German Romantics than many of the French Surrealists...
- Max Ernst, 1962, quoted by Edouard Roditi


    Max Ernst Works Online    
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Original works by Max Ernst available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteBirmingham Museums & Art Gallery, UK
Hommage à Rimbaud, aquatint, 1960-61

Notable SiteMax Ernst at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
Moonmad, 1944

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!
Many works online

Notable SiteGuggenheim Museum, New York City
Click "View all" to see a total of 7 works online

Notable SiteMax Ernst Museum, Bruehl, Germany

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art Timetable of Art History
The Barbarians, 1937

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Includes biographical information about the artist

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh   NEW!

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Most but not all artists in the NGA database have works online

Notable SiteNelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri
Capricorn, 1948 (Zoom)

Notable SitePeggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice   NEW!

Notable SiteSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Notable SiteTate Gallery, London, UK

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Art Collection of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Colombia

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Connecticut

Caixa Galicia Foundation, Vigo, Spain (in Spanish)  
(Works are shown at the right, under "Obras")

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

GAM - Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin
Un peu malade de cheval

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Harvard have works in their collections, but unfortunately you have to type in the search yourself

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.   NEW!

Indiana State University Art Collection

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Japan (in Japanese)  

Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (in German)  

Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland
Alphabetically under "E"

Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
5 works online

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota

MUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna
(You need to click the "right" arrow thirteen times)

Musée Cantini, Marseilles, France (in French)  
Monument aux oiseaux

Museo Ca' Pesaro, Venice (in Italian)  
The Weatherman, 1951

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Le couple, 1923

Museum Jean Tinguely, Switzerland
Info about a 2007-08 exhibition: "Max Ernst: In the Garden of Nymph Ancolie"

Museum of Modern Art, New York City - Provenance Research Project
21 works by Ernst

Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
Sun and Forest, 1928

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas

National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
Petrified Forest, 1927

Norwich Museums, England

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid (in Spanish)  

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Catalogue (in French)  
3 works online

Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri
Long Live Love or Pays charmant, 1923

San Diego Museum of Art, California   NEW!

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (in German)  
St. Cecilia - The Invisible Piano

State Museums of Berlin

State Museums of Berlin

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
The Oval Lady by Leonora Carrington, 1939 (keep clicking "Next" to see it)

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
The Bewildered Planet, 1942

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
(Images are zoomable; click on the "expand" icon below the detail image)

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut
Europe after the Rain

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, Germany (mostly in German)  

Wichita Art Museum, Kansas
4 works online

Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisberg, Germany

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Flemish Art Collection Database, Belgium (in Dutch)  

Smithsonian American Art Museum National Art Inventories
List of works nationwide from two sources: the Inventory of American Paintings Executed before 1914 and the Inventory of American Sculpture (only a few percent of listings have an accompanying image)

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Art Signature Dictionary   NEW!

Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteMax Ernst at The Art Renewal Center

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  
(a welcome screen is displayed for a couple of seconds before the search results appear)

Boston College Fine Arts Department

Max Ernst at CGFA

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Mary Ann Sullivan's Digital Imaging Project

Mary Ann Sullivan's Digital Imaging Project
Under the Bridge of Paris

Mondo Mostre, Milan (in Italian)  
Scroll down for a work from the 2005 exhibition Masterpieces from the Guggenheim

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Nicola Randone's Grandi Artisti
Quite a few works online

Olga's Gallery

USC Annenberg School for Communication

Additional Image Search Tools:
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Miscellaneous Sites:
ArtDaily - Exhibition Photo Galleries
Max Ernst Museum Brühl (6 works online)

Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries, London, UK
Archive of past displayed works which are "sold" or "not for sale"

s u r r e a l i s t . c o m
The hat makes the man

The Art of Roberto Matta
For the Max Ernst gallery, scroll down towards the bottom of the "Galleries" frame

The Fine Arts Conservancy, Florida
Interesting before-and-after examples of artwork restorations
Experiment in Faces, concrete

The Legacy Project
"A gathering place for people interested in the enduring legacies of the many violent traumas of the 20th century"

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Max Ernst  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia
Biographical info

Deutsche Bank Artmag

The Art Story

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on Pieta or Revolution by Night, 1923

The New York Observer
"Painter Max Ernst Brought Dark Grasp To European Terror", article by Hilton Kramer

Wikiquote, compendium of quotations from the Wikimedia Foundation

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
Note: Some "Search Inside" features are limited to people signed in to an account which has previously made a purchase at Amazon.
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Max Ernst: A Retrospective

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Ernst: Beyond Painting

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Max Ernst and Alchemy: A Magician in Search of Myth

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Une Semaine De Bonte: A Surrealistic Novel in Collage

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Ernst (Great Modern Masters)

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Max Ernst: Dada and the Dawn of Surrealism


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