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Max Ernst: Dada and the Dawn of Surrealism (Art & Design) Hardcover – March 1, 1993

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Product Details

  • Series: Art & Design
  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel Pub; 1St Edition edition (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 379131260X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791312606
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 11 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,896,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr J Lloyd-West on October 8, 2000
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For all those who want to learn about the position of Max Ernst within Surrealism this is an essential book. Scholarly essays by Werner Spies (arguably the foremost authority on Max Ernst) and William Camfield, who writes in fascinating detail about the transition period when the artist moved from Dada into Surrealism. The period comes alive with rare photographs and anecdotes about the struggles of Max Ernst to survive in Germany after the first world war and his efforts to reach Paris, the promised land. Max Ernst, a true pioneer of many of the art techniques taught nowadays in artschools, such as frottage and collage, is celebrated in this book with not only almost 200 colour plates of many of his masterpieces, but also many lesser known works which show how he constructed his collages. Added to this are inumerable black and white illustrations of the sources for many of his most famous paintings. As Max Ernst never wrote an autobiography,a book such as this is a must for all those who desire to know something more about the artist who is quoted on page 28 as saying "A painter is lost when he finds himself." An artist difficult to know, but this book goes a long way in bridging that gap.
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