«Surreal Lovers» a journey through Max Ernst’s love life and art

La Fábrica launches Surreal Lovers: Eight Women Integral to the Life of Max Ernst by Margaret Hooks, an Irish writer who has written extensively on the life and work of artists among them Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Edward Weston, Max Ernst and Edward James. Her books include the award-winning biography Tina Modotti: Photographer & Revolutionary also published by La Fabrica, Frida Kahlo: Portraits of an Icon and Surreal Eden: Edward James & Las Pozas. Her writing has appeared in ARTnews, BOMB, Afterimage, Vogue, Aperture, Elle, The Guardian and The Observer Magazine.

Beginning in Cologne at the outbreak of war in 1914 and the eruption of Dada, this book describes the birth and heyday of Surrealism in Paris in the 1920s and ends with its demise in New York in the 1940s. The years in between were a whirlwind that shredded the artists dreams and scattered them around the globe from Cologne, London and Paris, to Saigon, Marseille, Lisbon and New York.

This publication tells the life and loves of artists and writers, Leonora Carrington, Peggy Guggenheim, Dorothea Tanning, Leonor Fini, Meret Oppenheim, Gala, Luise Straus and Marie-Berthe Aurenche during their years with Max Ernst.

Their saga contains episodes of searing passion, madness and betrayal when they made great art and lost, found and abandoned one another in the process.


Photo: Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst with Capricorn sculpture, 1948 © John Kasnetis, courtesy Max Ernst Museum Brühl.