Max Ernst, Chéri bibi, 1973
Max Ernst, Chéri bibi, 1973
Max Ernst, Tête Triangle brooch
Max Ernst, Tête Triangle brooch
Gio Ponti, Devil mask for Lino Sabattini, 1978
Gio Ponti, Devil mask for Lino Sabattini, 1978
Gio Ponti, Ex voto for the Devil mask for Lino Sabattini, 1978
Gio Ponti, Ex voto for the Devil mask for Lino Sabattini, 1978

Fascination of the human face in the work of two big masters of the last century.

Surrealist Max Ernst (1891 – 1976) and designer and architect Gio Ponti (1891 - 1979) represent most important persons in their disciplines. Both were born in the same year of 1891 and both lived almost the same amount of years.

In their late work we can see preoccupation of the human face. Max Ernst created series of paintings of the naive yet anxious simple faces. Here you can see his brooch created after these painting. Gio Ponti was fascinated with simple geometric faces in his silverware objects made for Lino Sabatini, almost in the same years as Ernst.

Creative intensions of both were born from total different contexts. But both have very similar feeling and visual qualities.