Modern & Postwar Artists
1891 - 1976
Closely associated with Dada and Surrealism, Max Ernst made paintings, sculptures, and prints depicting fantastic, nightmarish images that often made reference to anxieties originating in childhood.
Ernst demonstrated a profound interest in Freudian psychoanalysis, which is apparent in his exploration of Automatism and his invention of the Frottage technique. Much of the artist’s work defied societal norms, Christian morality, and the aesthetic standards of Western academic art.