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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Enjoy the work of Surrealist Max Ernst with some stunning print reproductions of his original oil paintings. He remains one of the most popular artist from the 20th century and left a legacy that impacted other artists in France, Germany and the US.

Modern artists from the 20th century are amongst the most reproduced of all artists. The contemporary work of Surrealists, for example, seem to suit minimalist homes perfectly. Art print reproductions can be a quick way of adding interest to your home but without having to plan too much. Max Ernst ranks alongside the likes of Dali and Magritte within this eccentric art movement, becoming one of the most famous German artists in history. He was also particularly appreciated by art academics who understand best the role that he played in influencing other art movements that followed, both in Europe and the US. There has also been an increased interest from the public in Surrealist art over recent years.

The Surrealists are deep thinking artists whose work requires an understanding in order to get the most out of it. Despite that, the art public have embraced their work and continue to purchase posters and prints of their work. Dali, of course, leads the charge in this regard, but many others are also well represented amongst the most reproduced artists since the early Renaissance. The present day allows a more democratic following of art movements, all have their own values and points of interest, nothing is regarded as unacceptable or perverse. This was not the case in the early 20th century, when certain regimes aimed to block out movements that they felt out of sync with their own 'values'. Artists have always been striving for new ideas, with Pollock prints being another great example of that, encompassing a whole multitude of new techniques that had not been seen before.

Max Ernst produced a large number of artworks during his career across several different disciplines, and these are well represented by a number of different art retailers online. They attempt to fill the demand for Surrealist prints that remain popular. Many artworks in this movement rely on a high level of detail which would be lost in smaller art prints, so larger versions are normally a better choice. In comparison, for example, very abstract work by the likes of Piet Mondrian or Mark Rothko make use of such little detail that they would actually still work effectively at a smaller size. Ernst's colours tend to be bold and bright, which would best suit a plain room when selecting where to place your print reproduction. His work is fairly original and although there were many notable Surrealist artists, Ernst was able to find a particular style within that group which marked his paintings out alone as entirely original and vibrant.

There are a multitude of options available when selecting a Max Ernst print, but always check first that the retailer holds the necessary permissions to sell these items, as this should ensure a quality product. You may choose to frame the print to better protect it, but this will increase the cost. There will also be additional shipping fees as the weight will be impacted as well. It is always advisable to order prints from the country in which you reside, as otherwise there maybe nasty surprises such as increased shipping fees or even import taxes that you were unaware of. Most major developed countries will have plenty of different stores to pick from, and many will have this artist's work within their collections. It is also worth asking friends and family to see where they acquired their own art products from, or checking online reviews to find those with the best feedback. Service and product quality can vary, so use your instincts just as you would buying anything else online.

The style used by this artist makes posters a viable option, but these cheaper options will not generally last as long, as the paper is unprotected. You might consider buying a selection of posters that can be used to quickly spice up your home, but without laying out too much money all at once. Students find these options particularly helpful when moving into brand new halls of residence. Frames can help a lot to improve the look of your print, but normally contemporary art is best suited to fairly simple frames that avoid distracting one' eyes too much. Also, something elaborate like a Rococo frame would be entirely unsuitable for most homes these days, as they tend to be predominantly minimalist in design. Wooden frames in black or dark grey would be most appropriate for Max Ernst, allowing the bright tones of his paintings to gain your attention straight away. There are also small cards which can be laid between artwork and frame which help to separate the two visually, and provide a calming space which allows the artwork to be shown off better.

But which Max Ernst prints, from all those available, should you pick to add to your own home? Well that is entirely down to your own taste, with many different paintings from his career being worth consideration. It is worth spending time looking into all of the available choices, as sometimes you might find an artwork from his career that you had not seen before, but truly love. This is common. One must also think about the size that you are likely to order the print in, and then decide which artworks are best suited to that size. A more abstract work from his career, where less detail is used, would be more suitable for a smaller print than his highly complex Surrealist pieces. What we can say is that some of the most popular artworks to be reproduced from his career include The Elephant Celebes, Europe after the Rain II, Forest and Dove and The Eye of Silence, although that may not meet your own preferences. There are many more to see and enjoy, though, as he was a passioniate and productive artist throughout his long and distinguished career.

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