Un Ami Empressé

Max Ernst French, born Germany

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Max Ernst was part of the Paris Surrealist circle when World War II forced his departure for the United States. In 1944, working in Long Island, he produced a series of sculptures that embraced the specific location of his new working environment, while returning to his earlier formal experiments, especially with found objects, and subjects, including his avian alter-ego, Loplop. To make this work, Ernst utilized existing kitchen utensils, hardware, and other everyday items for the plaster mold. The final bronze sculpture, of a being that faces in two directions, reflects Ernst’s interests in the dual nature of things.

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