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Artist: Max Ernst
[French Surrealist, 1891-1976]

Title: The Hat Makes the Man

Date: 1920
Medium: gouache and pencil
Dimensions: 14 x 18 inches (36 x 46 cm)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Image size: 3000 x 2322 pixels, 926 Kbytes
              
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This work is from Ernst's Dada era. It's risky to try to read anything whatsoever into Dada art, but the MoMA site makes the point that these hats would have symbolized the uniform of bourgeois conformity. Thus the "men" wholly made out of hats are stilted and artificial, scarcely recognizable as humans at all.
 
 
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