Little Machine Constructed by Minimax Dadamax in Person by Max Ernst
Little Machine Constructed by Minimax Dadamax in Person by Max Ernst was produced in 1919-1920 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Surrealism movement. The work can be viewed now at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Medium: Oil Painting
Little Machine Constructed by Minimax Dadamax in Person is an oil painting produced between 1919 and 1920 by German painter Max Ernst.
One of the most famous works of Max Ernest, it was based on the diagrams of scientific instruments.
Little Machine Constructed by Minimax Dadamax in Person was a mixed media work of art by surrealist artist Max Ernst. Little Machine of Minimax Dadamax was a solution to the psychological pressures which many people face during sexual performance. It is also inscribed at the bottom of the painting. The right side of the painting depicts a miniature laboratory in the machine which produces semen indicated by the red drop. Little Machine Constructed by Minimax Dadamax in Person should be seen as the combination of both male and female bodies. The male body is depicted on the left side of the machine which was more brilliantly colored while the female body was depicted on the right side of the machine was more angular and dowdy.
Max Ernest first created print reproductions of these diagrams on the canvas. These reproductions were then given texture, the color of mixed media style which includes a combination of watercolor, pencil, and gouache and ink frottage. The ink frottage was a great technique that was created by Max Ernest himself. This technique involves giving the painting a three-dimensional look by creating rubbings of different textured surfaces like wood and textiles.
Max Ernest was also much interested in typography. Several shapes of the little machine diagram were indication letters. At the bottom of this painting, the artist inscribed the following message “Little machine constructed by Minimax Dadamax in person for fearless pollination of female suckers at the beginning of the change of life and for others such fearless functions.”
The work can be viewed at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy