Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Max Ernst's Une Semaine de Bonté
Une Semaine de Bonté (A Week of Kindness) is a graphic novel and artist's book composed in collage by Max Ernst, made during a three week visit in Italy. The novel was first published in Paris in 1934, as a series of five pamphlets of 816 copies each.
The novel consists of found images from Victorian encyclopedias and novels, cut up and re-organized into 182 montages which represent a kind of dark, surreal world.
"Each of these books projects recurrent themes of sexuality, anti-clericalism and violence, by dislocating the visual significance of the source material to suggest what has been repressed."