Max the Birman Ernst is a lithograph and silkscreen print in blue, pink and black on silver metallic foil reflective paper. It was created by Martin Sharp as a homage to the artist Max Ernst.
This work is based on Une Semaine de Bonté. Chapter four—Wednesday; Blood. It is the story of the crimes committed by individuals with bird-like heads, though it is also said that the crimes were committed by one individual using different disguises. The crime spree ends in “abduction, possible rape/murder, and suicide.” (Organ, 2014)
Martin Sharp depicts the bird man as a human form clothed shabbily and wearing an almost lizard-like bird’s head disguise. A naked woman is draped across his bended leg with her head toward the ground and her right leg bent at the knee with her foot up in the air. The bird man’s right hand holds a knife with which he has stabbed the woman’s foot, the knife piercing all the way through the foot. The woman and the bird man’s beak and eyes are painted in bright pink, while the rest of the art work is painted in bright blue.
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