April is the month of Max Ernst‘s birth and life (2 April 1891 – 1 April 1976), so it seems appropriate to celebrate his contributions to Surrealism and the Dada movement with the first post of our “Celebrating Art History” series. The series will pop up from time-to-time, when historical dates of significant artists pop up. The posts will serve less to inform with biographical information, but more to inform with visual examples. They will be mere introductions into the art and lives of notable artists who you may or may not already know, hopefully instilling readers with the curiosity to delve into the past. Ernst is certainly a well-known name, but they won’t all be this way!

Now onto some of Ernst’s works.

The Gramineous Bicycle Garnished with Bells the Dappled Fire Damps and the Echinoderms Bending the Spine to Look for Caresses. 1920/21. Gouache on print. 74.3 x 99.7 cm. The Museum of Modern Arts, New York, NY, USA.

Of This Men Shall Know Nothing. Oil on canvas. 81 x 64 cm. 1923. Tate Gallery, London, UK. (Many pieces of art these days are certainly reminiscent of this image by Ernst.)

L’Ange du foyer ou Le Triomphe du surréalisme. 1937. Oil on canvas. 114 x 146 cm. Private collection.

Read a detailed biography of Ernst on Wikipedia.