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une semaine de bonte Way ahead of his time, Max Ernst used periodicals of his day to collage surreal images of fantastical nightmares in Une Semaine De Bonte: A Surrealistic Novel on Collage. The 182 images were created during a week long visit to Italy during Hitler's rise to power.

It's an essential component of the surrealism movement and a influential and inspiring work. Ernst himself lived a life full of lovers and friends, including Peggy Guggenheim; Dorothea Tanning; Paul Klee, and Alberto Giacometti. He eventually made his home in the U.S., living in NYC and California after escaping from France during World War II.

Always inventive in all art mediums, this book (the title translates to A Week of Kindness) is my favorite of Ernst's accomplishments–plus it's the only one of his collage works that's still published.

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Posted on June 4, 2007

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