Max Ernst

Art is Not to be Tasted

1891  Today is the birthday of the German Dadaist & Surrealist Max Ernst.

He sketched the gardens at Bruhl castle - the castle in his home town. In fact, some of his most beautiful works involved flowers, forests, suns, birds, and gardens.
Max had no formal training. Yet, he created a technique called Frottage or texture rubbings or rubbing on paper - and he used plants or the texture of wood planks and other items in the house to create some wonderful artwork. He also created grattage or scraping paint across the canvas to reveal the imprints of the objects placed beneath it.
At one point in his life, he lived with the surrealist painter Leonara Carrington who once reflected on their relationship with the natural world. Gardeners will be able to relate to the Max and Leonara drawing Inspiration from the garden in the early morning:

"We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves."

Ernst once remarked:

"Art has nothing to do with taste. Art is not there to be tasted."

Ernst was not comfortable with his fame. He once lamented,

"He, who would rather have a single wild strawberry, than all the laurels in the world."


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