The Wavering Woman (1923) by Max Ernst

The Wavering Woman - Max Ernst - 1923

Artwork Information

TitleThe Wavering Woman
ArtistMax Ernst
Date1923
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions130.5 x 97.5 cm
Current LocationKunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf
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About The Wavering Woman

Max Ernst’s “The Wavering Woman” is a painting that depicts a fashion victim of the Machine Age moving down a catwalk, which is really an abyss. The title suggests the pain and suffering of the woman. The impact of this painting provides huge impact on German art.

Ernst was a provocateur who mined his unconscious for dreamlike imagery that mocked social conventions. He used a variety of mediums to give visual form to both personal memory and collective myth. By applying Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams, he investigated his deep psyche and explored the source of his own creativity.

As part of an exhibition in Cologne in 1923, “The Wavering Woman” was created during Ernst’s period as a key member of first Dada and then Surrealism in Europe in the 1910s and 1920s. Through his unique approach to exploring his subconscious mind, Ernst was able to create striking images that left a lasting impression on viewers. Overall, “The Wavering Woman” showcases Ernst’s ability to blend social commentary with surrealistic elements to create thought-provoking artwork.

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