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The virtue of pride which

The virtue of pride, which was once the beauty of mankind, has given place to that fount of ugliness, Christian humility.
– Max Ernst

The artist is a spectator

The artist is a spectator, indifferent or impassioned, at the birth of his work, and observes the phases of its development.
– Max Ernst

Painting is neither decorative amusement

Painting is neither decorative amusement, nor the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.
– Max Ernst

All good ideas arrive by

All good ideas arrive by chance.
– Max Ernst

Art has nothing to do

Art has nothing to do with taste. Art is not there to be tasted
– Max Ernst

Collage is the noble conquest

Collage is the noble conquest of the irrational, the coupling of two realities, irreconcilable in appearance, upon a plane which apparently does not suit them.
– Max Ernst