Max Ernst and Alchemy : A Magician in Search of Myth (Surrealist

M. E. Warlick


Surrealist artist Max Ernst outlined college because the "alchemy of the visible image." scholars of his paintings have frequently disregarded this remark as easily a metaphor for the transformative strength of utilizing came upon photographs in a brand new context. Taking a unconditionally diversified viewpoint on Ernst and alchemy, despite the fact that, M. E. Warlick persuasively demonstrates that the artist had a profound and abiding curiosity in alchemical philosophy and infrequently used alchemical symbolism in works created all through his career.

A revival of curiosity in alchemy swept the creative, psychoanalytic, historic, and clinical circles of the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries, and Warlick units Ernst's paintings squarely inside this circulate. taking a look at either his artwork (many of the works she discusses are reproduced within the publication) and his writings, she unearths how completely alchemical philosophy and symbolism pervade his early Dadaist experiments, his foundational paintings in surrealism, and his many collages and work of girls and landscapes, whose photographs exemplify the alchemical fusing of opposites. This pioneering study provides an important key to figuring out the multilayered complexity of Ernst's works, because it affirms his status as certainly one of Germany's most vital artists of the 20th century.

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