Nursing Voices

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Who's Your Dada?

Max Ernst: Men will know nothing of this, 1923. Oil on canvas, London, Tate Gallery.

Sigmund Freud said, "Visual thought is closer to the unconscious event than verbal thought, it is older than the latter." If that's true, I wonder what Max Ernst was thinking when he created this work of art. Ernst was a self-taught painter and an artist in the Dada Movement. He believed that nothing made sense so he was against everything. You might say that Ernst was a rebel with a paintbrush. Ernst was interested at an early stage in the artistic creations of the mentally ill. He served in the First World War, and was deeply affected by his experiences during the war.

I learn a lot about my patients by looking at their artwork. Stop and take the time to look at your patients' drawings the next time they bring them to the nurses station.


Blogger Amrita said...

I 'm not into modern art but to my untrained eye it seems that the painter wanted to paint about achieving something that 's why he 's got the cescent over his shoulders and is jumping ove a mountain. You all will laugh at this. I 'm like Dr Bean in the 'Bean ' movie.
Dea fiends I want to make an appeal on behalf of the famous Taj Mahal. Please vote for it to be included in the list of the 7 wonders of the world. Log on to

12:55 AM  
Blogger poody said...

I love modern art and try ot do some myself.It is not what I call high art for sure!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Deacon Barry said...

I can actually say "got the T-shirt" for real. I've got one with that picture on it. The problem is, looked at in a certain way, the picture is pornographic, so I have to be careful when and where I wear it.

5:33 PM  

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