Max Ernst quotes

  • Collage is the noble conquest of the irrational, the coupling of two realities, irreconcilable in appearance, upon a plane which apparently does not suit them.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Reality #Two #Noble

  • Every normal human being (and not merely the 'artist') has an inexhaustible store of buried images in his subconscious, it is merely a matter of courage or liberating procedures ... of voyages into the unconscious, to bring pure and unadulterated found objects to light.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Artist #Light #Matter

  • Creativity is that marvelous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Creativity #Reality #Sparks

  • Art has nothing to do with taste. Art is not there to be tasted
    -- Max Ernst

    #Art #Taste #Art Is

  • My paintings are not meant to be tasted.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Painting #Meant To Be

  • All good ideas arrive by chance.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Ideas #Intuition #Chance

  • Who made art history? Not the most reasonable people. The mad men did. If painting is the mirror of a time, it must be mad to have a true image of what that time is. To one madness we oppose another madness.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Art #Men #Mirrors

  • The role of the painter . . . is to project that which sees itself in him.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Roles #Projects #Painter

  • I succeeded in simply attending at the birth of all my works.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Birth

  • When the artist finds himself he is lost. The fact that he has succeeded in never finding himself is regarded by Max Ernst as his only lasting achievement.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Reflection #Artist #Achievement

  • And Loplop, bird superior, has transformed himself into flesh without flesh and will dwell among us...
    -- Max Ernst

    #Bird #Flesh

  • Collage is a supersensitive and scrupulously accurate instrument, similar to a seismograph, which is able to record the exact amount of the possibility of human happiness at any period.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Able #Records #Possibility

  • The artist is a spectator, indifferent or impassioned, at the birth of his work, and observes the phases of its development.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Artist #Phases #Development

  • Before he goes into the water, a diver cannot know what he will bring back.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Water

  • I have never seen a beautiful painting of a beautiful woman. But you can take an ugly woman and make a beautiful painting of her. It is the painting itself that should be beautiful.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Beautiful #Art #Ugly

  • Woman's nudity is wiser than the philosopher's teachings.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Beauty #Teaching #Philosopher

  • Art has got nothing to do with taste.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Art #Taste

  • The virtue of pride, which was once the beauty of mankind, has given place to that fount of ugliness, Christian humility.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Christian #Humility #Pride

  • Painting is neither decorative amusement, nor the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Reality #Discovery #Amusement

  • A series of powers are at work within the great stream of Expressionism who have no outward similarity to one another but a common direction of thrust, namely the intention to give expression to things of the psyche [Seelisches] through form alone.
    -- Max Ernst

    #Expression #Giving #Common