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By Gaston Diehl

Although Max Ernst has lengthy been appeared by means of his friends as an immense trailblazer in learn into the unconscious, a pioneer of oneiric paintings, and a prince of the dominion of the unusual, neither in France nor within the usa has he acquired most of the people acclaim he merits. in basic terms long ago decade has this unlucky lack of awareness ultimately evaporated, and his paintings, which has continually been preferred through a number of associates and devoted creditors, is now having fun with a common trend, as is evidenced through various foreign exhibitions.

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He was to borrow from the collage, which he was later to describe his discovery as follows: One day in 1919 ... I was struck by the obsession exerted on my excited gaze by the pages of an illustrated catalogue which contained pictures of objects used in anthropological, microscopic, psychological, mineralogical, and paleontological demonstrations . the very absurdity of this collection caused a sudden intensificaticm of my visual faculties, and gave rise to a hallucinating series of conflicting images ...

I emphasize the fact that the drawings obtained in this manner increasingly lost ... the character of the material tested [the wood] and acquired the appearance of images of an undreamed-of precision which was probably of such a nature — 50 Collage from «\Jne Semame de Bontc », 1934 51 » primary cause of the obsession or to produce a semblance of that cause. leaves and Wiht a wideawake, wonder-struck curiosity, I tested all kinds of materials their veins, the frayed edges of sacking, the knife strokes of a modern painting, a thread inirolled from a bobbin, and so on ...

For the first time he had been able to closely combine certain obsessive themes of his collages strange machinery, imaginary animals, a headless female body, objects in an unstable equilibrium, birds flying out of the sun, magical signs, etc. and skillfully and minutiously arrange them, thus recomposing a dream world which was bizarre, coherent, and plastically valid, a world which lends itself to innumerable Freudian interpretations in which the desire to create, eroticism, masculine pride, and menacing and malign spells all play a role.

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