A Week of Max Ernst: Wednesday

a-friends-reunion-1922(1)[1]
Rendezvous of Friends-Max Ernst 1922
On seeing this imaginary group portrait in Cologne recently I was struck immediately by the self portrait of Ernst, who is number 4 in the painting’s key and is sitting on Dosteyevsky’s (number 6) knee. Although Ernst is left of centre and has no special prominence in the composition the striking features, luminescent hair and pale skin draw your attention. Perhaps this explains the fascination that Ernst exercised over a number of beautiful, talented women throughout his life, including number 16 in the painting, Gala Eluard (late to become Gala Dali). For 1924 to 1927 Ernst was to be involved in a menage-a-trois with Gala and her husband, Paul Eluard, the poet responsible for the unforgettable Surrealist poem ‘The World Is Blue As An Orange’. Eluard is also represented in the painting, number 9 in the key, standing next to Raphael.

Atop a craggy cliff, under snowy peaks during a solar eclipse (signifying revolutionary change in art, politics and society) the members of the mouvement flou and their artistic forebearers gather. Andre Breton (number 13) wearing a red magician’s cape and touching the apparition in the sky is clearly the leader of the group and therefore assumes the role of  psycho-pomp guiding his followers through the previously uncharted realm of the unconscious, where they will emerge from to create a new reality, the SUR-REALITY.

Advertisements

52 thoughts on “A Week of Max Ernst: Wednesday

      1. Aha! I also didn’t see that there was a key to the characters. My fault. For some reason on the computer I can’t enlarge the image but I can on my iPad. Sorry about that.

        Liked by 1 person

  1. I think they’re on the moon or something. In the future? Perhaps they time traveled together. I like that he painted them all together. You know, we overlooked on reason he might have been a hit with the ladies… maybe he was just really good in the bedroom(or wherever he had fun).

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Vic, this could be the science fiction story we were going to collaborate on. The Surrealists steal a time machine, go back and collect their predecessors and in a paradox, Max Ernst’s reputation with the ladies is already established before it even happens.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. In the far distant past some cataclysm re shaped the continents. Or some future event somehow impacted the past – via some fissure due to the impact of time travel. Sort of an ‘environmental consequence’ no one foresees and it all happens to the past not the future. Which paradoxically affects the future but no one realizes it until they have visited the past and returned to the changed future.

        Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s