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Forest and Dove

Max Ernst

Forest and Dove

Max Ernst
  • Date: 1927; Paris, France 
  • Style: Surrealism
  • Period: First French period
  • Genre: symbolic painting
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Tag: allegories-and-symbols, birds, forests-and-trees
  • Dimensions: 100 x 82 cm

Forest and Dove exemplifies Ernst's pioneering "grattage" technique - the painting equivalent of frottage - where he scraped paint across the canvas to reveal imprints of objects beneath. The small dove within the menacing forest that threatens to consume it is a familiar motif in Ernst's work, referring to his dispossession after the war.

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