Abstract Mixed Media
Jimmy Ernst (1920-1984) was an important and influential artist and educator known for his surrealist and abstract expressionist works. Ernst was the son of famous German surrealist artist Max Ernst and art historian Louise Straus. Born in Cologne, Germany, Ernst immigrated to the United States and settled in New York in 1938 where he bonded with other European exiles and members of the avant-garde. In 1950, Ernst and other important artists Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko in the group called the’ Irascible Eighteen’ who penned an open letter to then president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art concerning their current exhibition ‘American Painting Today- 1950’. The largely Abstract Expressionist group protested the perceived anti-abstractionist bias of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and drew much attention to the New York School of abstract expressionism. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s Ernst exhibited at galleries in the United States and abroad including at the prestigious Grace Borgenicht Gallery, Inc., New York.
Ernst’s works are held in many public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Measures 12″ x 12″ x 1″