Max Ernst, a German, began life as a philosopher rather than a painter, before becoming involved with Dadaists and moving from there to surrealist art. Ernst's techniques include adding objects to the canvas and rubbing rough surfaces over the painting. He captured views of strange shapes in natural objects; painted theatrical sets, and experimented with automatic writing to express his dreams. Ernst spent the years from 1941 to 1949 in the United States (he edited a surrealist magazine with Duchamp and Breton for three years) before returning to Paris in 1949. The print in stock “The Embrace” is from a leading US fine art print publisher.