Max Ernst

L'Oiseau Bleu (The Blue Bird)

L'Oiseau Bleu (The Blue Bird) by Max Ernst

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An important figure in the Surrealist movement in Paris in the 1920s, Ernst drew on the irrational, portentous qualities of dreams, often drawing on his own memories of childhood. In 'Beyond Painting' (1948) Ernst quoted at length a passage in the Trattato della pittura, in which Leonardo suggested that indeterminate visual structures, such as clouds and stains on a wall, could be used as starting-points for artistic invention. This closely reflected the principal of frottage, a recurring technique in Ernst's work.

L'Oiseau Bleu (The Blue Bird)
Max Ernst
Production date
etching in three colours
457 x 324 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1972
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International Art
Display status
Not on display

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