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Max Ernst: A Retrospective (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications) Hardcover – April 11, 2005

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Innovative painter and collagist Max Ernst (1891-1976) was a driving force behind Dada and surrealism and set the course for abstract expressionism. His rich and complex oeuvre is now fruitfully reexamined in this illuminating volume in which splendid full-page reproductions are matched with eye-opening essays by Ernst expert Spies, curator Rewald, and art historian Robert Storr, among others, each offering striking interpretations of key aspects of Ernst's imaginative creative journey. Considered a "scholarly painter," Ernst drew on everything from mythology to Freudian theory to poetry to science. Born and raised in Germany, he found his artistic milieu in Paris, where he created his seminal collage "novels" until World War II forced him into exile. Secured a place in America by his third wife, gallery owner Peggy Guggenheim, Ernst, working steadily, ended up in Arizona with artist Dorothea Tanning and eventually returned to France. Imaginative, productive, caustically witty, fierce, and enigmatic, Ernst, a master of commanding lines and earthy textures, created an ever--metamorphosing dreamworld in which ferocity and beauty intertwine in a potent vision of life's paradoxes and magic. Donna Seaman
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"[A] comprehensive, well-illustrated catalogue." -- Bobbie Leigh, Art & Antiques
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Product Details

  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications
  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (April 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300107188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300107180
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Healey on May 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The exhibit of Ernst's work, which is still running at the Metropolitan Museum is a stunning tribute to an artist whose styles have influenced so many others over the course of the twentieth century. His style shifted and evolved so much over time that it is hard to believe the same artist that painted "Saint Cecilia" also painted "The Kiss" and "The Robing of the Bride." Unfortunately, the poor quality of the prints in the museum's book makes it a big disappointment, especially at this price. The text is alright, but the colors in the prints are radically darker and different in tone and do no justice to the original works.
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Format: Hardcover
Having just seen the exhibit today (June 6 2005), and having perused copies of the book available at the exhibit, I concur that the color reproduction negates the highly informative text of this book.
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I just saw the retrospective a couple of weeks ago as well and agree with the other reviewers: the exhibition is great, but the quality of the plates in the catalog is miserable.
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