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Image of Max Ernst

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Max Ernst


Object Type: Photograph
15 in. x 16 in. (38.1 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2013.0005.0018

Credit Line: Gift of Estrellita Karsh, in honor of Mark M. Johnson, and in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Max Ernst (1891–1976) Ernst was a self-taught German artist active in Dada and Surrealist circles. He experimented with a wide variety of media and techniques, including automatic writing and drawing. Between the world wars he lived and worked in Europe, immigrating to the U.S. in 1941 when he was married (briefly) to Peggy Guggenheim, a prominent modern art patron. Karsh photographed Ernst wearing a smock and posing with one of his bronze sculptures in his chateau in Tours. Karsh included the portrait in the catalog for his fifty-year retrospective exhibition in 1982, identifying Ernst as the “aging pioneer of Dadaism and Surrealism.”

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