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Max Ernst And Alchemy

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Surrealist artist Max Ernst defined collage as the "alchemy of the visual image." Students of his work have often dismissed this comment as simply a metaphor for the transformative power of using found images in a new context. Taking a wholly different perspective on Ernst and alchemy, however, M. E. Warlick persuasively demonstrates that the artist had a profound and abiding interest in alchemical philosophy and often used alchemical symbolism in works created throughout his ...

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Max Ernst and Alchemy: A Magician in Search of Myth

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Overview

Surrealist artist Max Ernst defined collage as the "alchemy of the visual image." Students of his work have often dismissed this comment as simply a metaphor for the transformative power of using found images in a new context. Taking a wholly different perspective on Ernst and alchemy, however, M. E. Warlick persuasively demonstrates that the artist had a profound and abiding interest in alchemical philosophy and often used alchemical symbolism in works created throughout his career.

A revival of interest in alchemy swept the artistic, psychoanalytic, historical, and scientific circles of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and Warlick sets Ernst's work squarely within this movement. Looking at both his art (many of the works she discusses are reproduced in the book) and his writings, she reveals how thoroughly alchemical philosophy and symbolism pervade his early Dadaist experiments, his foundational work in surrealism, and his many collages and paintings of women and landscapes, whose images exemplify the alchemical fusing of opposites. This pioneering research adds an essential key to understanding the multilayered complexity of Ernst's works, as it affirms his standing as one of Germany's most significant artists of the twentieth century.

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Linda D. Henderson
M. E. Warlick's book is a unique and highly significant contribution to the literature on modern art and modern culture in general.
Linda D. Henderson, Professor of Art History, University of Texas at Austin
Linda D. Henderson
M. E. Warlick's book is a unique and highly significant contribution to the literature on modern art and modern culture in general.
Linda D. Henderson
M. E. Warlick's book is a unique and highly significant contribution to the literature on modern art and modern culture in general.
-- Linda D. Henderson, Professor of Art History, University of Texas at Austin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292791367
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2001
  • Series: Surrealist Revolution Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 1,397,091
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Franklin Rosemont
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Myth of the Child
2. Alchemy: Its History, Revival, and Symbolism
3. Initiation
4. The Occultation of Surrealism
5. Collage as Alchemy
6. The Alchemical Androgyne: Ernst and the Women in His Life
7. As Above, So Below: The Alchemical Landscapes
Conclusion
Notes
An Alchemical Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index
Figures

1.1. Opening lines, "Some Data on the Youth of M. E., As Told by Himself"
1.2. Max Ernst's horoscope
1.3. Athanor and alchemical animals
2.1. Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Alchemist
2.2. Two versions of "St. Marcel"; Basil Valentine's Synthesis of the Work from the Twelve Keys
3.1. Rebis, from Herbert Silberer, Probleme der Mystik und Ihrer Symbolik
3.2. Max Ernst, Winter Landscape: Carburation of the Vulcanized Iron Bride for the Purpose of Producing the Necessary Warming of the Bed
3.3. Kölner Lehrmittelkatalog, source for Winter Landscape
3.4. Max Ernst, Dada Gauguin
3.5. Petrus Bonus and Janus Lacinius, Pretiosa Margarita Novella
3.6. Max Ernst, Untitled (Men Shall Never Know It)
3.7. Max Ernst, The Scissors and Their Father
4.1. Max Ernst, Rendezvous of Friends
4.2. Housebook Master, "The Children of Mercury"
4.3. Martin van Heemskerck, The Children of Mercury
4.4. Max Ernst, Men Shall Know Nothing of This
4.5. Anonymous, General Theory of Eclipses
4.6. Alchemical engraving from Herbert Silberer, Probleme der Mystik und ihrer Symbolik
4.7. Max Ernst, Memory of God
4.8. Anonymous, The Magical Head of the Zohar
4.9. Max Ernst, Woman, Old Man, and Flower I
4.10. Anonymous, Dissolving the Substance in the Water Bath
4.11. Max Ernst, The Cold Throats
4.12. Anonymous, Alchemical Vessels
4.13. Max Ernst, Chemical Wedding
4.14. Balthazar Schwan, The Seven Metals, the Four Elements, the Operations and Colors of the Work
4.15. Max Ernst, Bird Marriage
4.16. Comparisons to Animals, M. C. Poinsot, Encyclopédie des sciences occultes
4.17. Photograph of Madame Sacco, Clairvoyant
4.18. Man Ray, Once Again, Now I See Robert Desnos . . .
4.19. Les Halles District
4.20. Salamander/dragon detail, central portal of the Church of Saint Merri
4.21. Max Ernst, Inside the Sight: The Egg
4.22. Anonymous, Pelican-shaped Alchemical Vessel
5.1. Max Ernst, Gray, Black, or Volcanic Blacksmiths Will Whirl in the Air over the Forges and . . .
5.2. Max Ernst, Here All Together Are My Seven Sisters, Often Living on Liquid Dreams and Perfectly Resembling Sleeping Leaves
5.3. Max Ernst, Tell Me Who Am I: Me or My Sister . . .
5.4. Max Ernst, The Interior of Sight 8
5.5. Anonymous, The Sun and the Planets, Comparative Dimensions
5.6. Anonymous, Action of a Current of Air on a Melted Alloy
5.7. Anonymous, Luminous Specter
5.8. Max Ernst, collage, "The Lion of Belfort," Une Semaine de bonté
5.9. Max Ernst, collage, "The Lion of Belfort," Une Semaine de bonté
5.10. Max Ernst, collage, "The Laugh of the Cock," Une Semaine de bonté
5.11. Max Ernst, Human Figure
5.12. Anonymous, male and female mandrakes
5.13. Max Ernst, Mysterious Egg
6.1. Anonymous, The Hermetic Androgyne
6.2. Max Ernst, Armada v. Duldgedalzen, la Rosa Bonheur des Dadas (Luise Straus-Ernst)
6.3. Max Ernst, Dadafex minimus, le plus grand antiphilosophe du monde (Jimmy Ernst)
6.4. Photograph of Gala Eluard, Max Ernst, Jimmy Ernst, Luise Straus Ernst, Paul Eluard, and Theodor Baargeld
6.5. Max Ernst, Portrait of Gala
6.6. Lee Miller, photograph of Marie-Berthe Aurenche and Max Ernst
6.7. Marie-Berthe Aurenche, Loplop Paradise
6.8. Lee Miller, photograph of E. L. T. Mesens, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington, and Paul Eluard
6.9. Max Ernst, collage illustration for Leonora Carrington, La Dame ovale
6.10. Leonora Carrington, Portrait of Max Ernst
6.11. Max Ernst, The Robing of the Bride
6.12. Photograph of Peggy Guggenheim with The Antipope
6.13. Max Ernst, The Antipope
6.14. Lee Miller, photograph of Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst
6.15. Dorothea Tanning, Max Ernst in a Blue Boat
6.16. Max Ernst, Chemical Nuptials
6.17. Max Ernst, Strange Hallucination
7.1. Max Ernst painting near Brühl
7.2. Matthäus Merian, Analogy of the Alchemical Microcosm to the Macrocosm
7.3. Anonymous, Total Eclipse of May 29, 1919
7.4. Max Ernst, The Great Forest
7.5. Max Ernst, The Bride of the Wind
7.6. Max Ernst, "Mite-size Art"
7.7. Max Ernst, The Garden of France
7.8. Matthäus Merian, Putrefaction Glorified
7.9. Max Ernst, Marriage of Heaven and Earth

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