Max Ernst



‘Max Ernst has never ceased to experiment with new and often bizarre techniques. In turn he has used collage, borrowed from the Cubists; grattage in which he grates colour on to the paint; frottage, resembling brass rubbing, which produces an exact rendering of an indented surface, e.g. a grained wooden floor block; tachage and détachage, pliage, montage, égouttage, mouillage and coulage in which he obtains streaks and drips from a loaded sponge hanging on a string above the canvas. He has formed patterns by pressing treehark and lengths of stick on to the wet paint, and many years ago he anticipated action painting.’



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