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Max Ernst: Illustrated Books

The exhibit "Max Ernst: Illustrated Books" showcases "mysterious, species-bending creatures invented by German surrealist Max Ernst (1891-1976) during the 1920s and 1930s." Images such as bird- and insect-headed women, or a strange machine that seems to be part man, part crocodile, and part bicycle have been selected from the pages of nineteen collage novels created by Ernst. On the website visitors see pages from five or six of these titles, including R've d'une petite fille qui voulut entrer au Carmel (A little girl dreams of taking the veil), Une semaine de bont" (Kindness Week), and Spectacle metallique (1930). There are also some examples from Ernst's Histoire naturelle that the artist created by rubbing a pencil over various textures and surfaces, producing shapes reminiscent of bamboo, seed balls, rabbit ears, and bird's claws.
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