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Desire, Heavenly Bodies, And A Surrealist's Fascination With The Celestial Theatre, John Hatch Dec 2003

Desire, Heavenly Bodies, And A Surrealist's Fascination With The Celestial Theatre, John Hatch

John G. Hatch

In 1922, the German Surrealist artist Max Ernst produced a montage work that included a woman's bare buttocks protruding out of the rings of Saturn. It is, to say the least, an unusual combination of images, but one that addresses some very basic human impulses. Largely, It expresses Ernst's understanding that inscribed upon the night sky are some of our deepest held fears and fantasies. Ernst sought to generate contemporary rephrasings of our mythologizing of the cosmos in a complex and often enigmatic way, drawing on such varied sources as Freudian psychology, late nineteenth-century symbolism, alchemy, and Surrealism ...