Brühl 1891 - 1976 Paris
Max Ernst was one of the most influential artists of Classic Modernism; together with Hans (Jean) Arp, he founded the Cologne 'Dada' group. He joined the Surrealism movement and became one of its leading proponents. He developed paintings, collages and sculptures with fantastic landscapes, bizarre creatures such as forest and flying beasts, and fabulous shell flowers. Having met Alberto Giacometti, Ernst became interested in sculptures and henceforth made three-dimensional metamorphoses in his fantastic mythical pictorial language. His graphic series, too, attracted great attention. In addition to his art, Ernst authored poems and autobiographical as well as art-theoretical writings.
The works of Max Ernst have always played an important role at Galerie Thomas. As early as 1979, the gallery presented a solo exhibition of his works. Over the years the gallery was able to sell numerous small bronzes, such as the impish „Cheri Bibi“ or the two-faced „Janus“, as well as place large bronzes into important collections, such as the “Grand Génie”, the central figure of the fountain in Amboise, a cast of which, like most of the monumental works, is in a museum: the collection of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. A work from the rare group “Lehrkörper für eine Schule der Totschläger” (Teaching Staff for a School of Killers) consisting of „Big Brother“, "Séraphin le néophyte" and "Séraphine-Chérubin”, was also sold into a collection.
Max Ernst • Femmes traversant une rivière en criant
Max Ernst • Paysage de Corbiéres