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"The Elephant Celebes", also known in short as "Celebes" by the German Dadaist and surrealist Max Ernst, combines the vivid dreamlike atmosphere of Surrealism with the collage aspects of Dada. It is the most famous of Ernst's early surrealist works and "undoubtedly the first masterpiece of Surrealist painting."


The central rotund shape in this painting derives from a photograph of a Sudanese corn-bin, which Ernst has transformed into a sinister mechanical monster. The painting’s inexplicable combinations, such as the headless female figure and the elephant-like creature, suggest images from a dream and the Freudian technique of free association.

The Elephant Celebes

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"The Elephant Celebes", also known in short as "Celebes" by the German Dadaist and surrealist Max Ernst, combines the vivid dreamlike atmosphere of Surrealism with the collage aspects of Dada. It is the most famous of Ernst's early surrealist works and "undoubtedly the first masterpiece of Surrealist painting." The central rotund shape in this painting derives from a photograph of a Sudanese corn-bin, which Ernst has transformed into a sinister mechanical monster. The painting’s inexplicable combinations, such as the headless female figure and the elephant-like creature, suggest images from a dream and the Freudian technique of free association.

Max Ernst was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism.   Max Ernst attacked the conventions and traditions of art, all the while possessing a thorough knowledge of European art history. He questioned the sanctity of art by creating non-representational works without clear narratives, by making sport of religious icons, and by formulating new means of creating artworks to express the modern condition.

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