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Jimmy Ernst

(1920 - 1984)

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Biography

Jimmy Ernst, Abstract-Surrealist Painter and second-generation member of the New York School of Abstraction, arrived in New York in 1938 on the S.S. Manhattan. He was the only son of Surrealist, Max Ernst and Journalist, Louise Straus-Ernst; who perished in Auschwitz in 1944.

Ernst was considered as an artists’ artist. His sensitivity and honesty with his work, life and with his friends set him apart from just being a painter. His paintings and influence came from within, from his experiences and love of jazz. His work were varied, oil on canvas, ink and gouache on paper, collage elements and painted sculpture. In his early years in New York, he worked with Rudy Blesh for Circle Records and designed covers for the jazz musician, Baby Dodds.

In 1961 he was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Israel Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many other public and private prestigious collections. In 1983 he was elected to membership of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York.