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Jimmy Ernst Irascible Eighteen Original German American Vintage New York Abstract Surrealism Equestrian Horses Fine Art Oil & Ink Mixed Media Painting
Jimmy Ernst Irascible Eighteen Original German American Vintage New York Abstract Surrealism Equestrian Horses Fine Art Oil & Ink Mixed Media Painting
Jimmy Ernst Irascible Eighteen Original German American Vintage New York Abstract Surrealism Equestrian Horses Fine Art Oil & Ink Mixed Media Painting
Jimmy Ernst Irascible Eighteen Original German American Vintage New York Abstract Surrealism Equestrian Horses Fine Art Oil & Ink Mixed Media Painting
Jimmy Ernst Irascible Eighteen Original German American Vintage New York Abstract Surrealism Equestrian Horses Fine Art Oil & Ink Mixed Media Painting
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Jimmy Ernst Irascible Eighteen Original German American Vintage New York Abstract Surrealism Equestrian Horses Fine Art Oil & Ink Mixed Media Painting

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Original vintage equestrian painting of horses, by German- American surrealist artist, Jimmy Ernst. (the horses are possibly a reference toward Leonora Carrington's symbolic horses prevalent in her paintings/writings; and nod to his father, Max Ernst). Painting is in excellent, original condition.

Jimmy Ernst (born Hans-Ulrich Ernst) (1920 – 1984) was an American painter born in Germany.
Jimmy Ernst was born in 1920 in Cologne, Germany, the son of Surrealist painter Max Ernst and Luise Straus, a well-known art historian and journalist. His parents divorced in 1922 and Ernst remained with his mother in Cologne. He visited his father in France in 1930, where he met many artists, including Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí, Alberto Giacometti, André Masson, Joan Miró, Man Ray and Yves Tanguy, as well as his father's lover Leonora Carrington. In February 1933, a month after Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, the SS searched Luise Straus' apartment. As a noted intellectual and a Jew she was regarded as suspect by the new regime. Ernst was sent to live with his grandfather, Luise's father, while his mother moved to Paris. In June 1938, Jimmy sailed to New York from Le Havre on the liner SS Manhattan.
There he met many European exiles and the city's avant-garde. In 1940, he petitioned the Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC) to secure the release of his father from internment. The ERC secured his release in 1941 and Max Ernst arrived in New York from Nazi occupied France. In 1944, unknown to Jimmy, his mother was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp from Drancy, a detention camp near Paris. She did not survive.

Ernst became director of The Art of This Century Gallery in 1942. A year later he had his first one-person exhibition.

During the late 1940s, Jimmy Ernst became a member of The Irascible Eighteen, a group of abstract painters who protested against theMetropolitan Museum of Art's policy towards American painting of the 1940s, and who posed for a famous picture in 1950. Members of the group included: Willem de Kooning, Adolph Gottlieb, Ad Reinhardt, Hedda Sterne, Richard Pousette-Dart,William Baziotes, Jimmy Ernst, Jackson Pollock, James Brooks, Clyfford Still, Robert Motherwell, Bradley Walker Tomlin, Theodoros Stamos, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko. These artists are part of the New York School they were referred to asThe Irascibles in an article featured in an issue of Life, in which the infamous Nina Leen photograph was published.
In 1951 Jimmy was granted the post of an instructor at Department of Design, Brooklyn College.
In 1969 he moved to East Hampton. He also built a winter home in Florida in 1980.
Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship in 1961 and an honorary degree by the Long Island University (Southampton College) in 1982. Also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1977, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician.

A child of two continents, two religions and two approaches to art, Jimmy Ernst became a painter. His work always reflected the intimacy and interior focus of Surrealism and the smooth surfaces and dense foliage characteristic of the work of his father. His painting also reflected his experience of the American West, as well as the Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting that took shape around him.

Ernst married Edith Dallas Bauman Brody (known as Dallas), a talent scout for Warner Brothers, on January 3, 1947. They had two children, Amy Louise (1953) and Eric Max (1956). His son Eric Ernst and his daughter Amy Ernst are both artists.
His memoirs, A Not-So-Still Life dealing with his youth and early years in America were published shortly before his death in 1984. Dallas Ernst established the Jimmy Ernst Award in memory of her husband. The award of $5,000 is given to a painter or sculptor "whose lifetime contribution to his or her vision has been both consistent and dedicated". The American Academy of Arts and Letters has presented the award annually since 1990.

Jimmy Ernst
(1920-1984)
German American Surrealist
Painting of horses, Equestrian
Oil and Ink on Canvas, Custom Frame
Signed lower right
24"X36", Plus Frame
Approximately 1975
Condition: Painting is in excellent original condition. Newer black wood, custom frame is also in excellent condition, with brown gallery wrapping still present on reverse.

 

 

 

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