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Max Ernst was born on April 2, 1891, in Bruhl, Germany. Ernst joined the Dada movement in Cologne and in 1919 he began to work on collages and books composed of irrational images and fantastic landscapes. In 1922, Ernst moved to Paris where he became a central figure in the Surrealist Movement. As an artist, Ernstís accomplishment was to develop a syntax using found visual material in a controlled, narrative manner.

In pursuit of novel images he found a link, no matter how irrational ,between all the materials he employed. With frottage drawings and decalcomania, Ernst used non-traditional methods to make a work of art, frottage with scraping and decalcomania a transfer process. Both are versions of automatism or automatic writing in which the images are not planned, but discovered through the process. He died on April 1, 1976, in Paris.

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