- Author: Max Ernst
- Museum: Private collection
- Year: 1941 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
Stolen mirror - Max Ernst. 1941. Oil on canvas
From afar and not knowing who the author is, this picture can be taken for a classic landscape, for example, one of the Italian masters. In deception introduces a luxurious, naturalistically written cloudy sky. However, looking closely, you discover the plot and images, more like the monstrous images from Bosch's paintings.
This phantasmagoric picture was created during the terrible war that swept across Europe, therefore the beauty of the landscape in it is combined with strange, perverted and unnatural motifs.
The painting depicts a fantastic non-existent city, as if dreaming of a person with mental disorders (or with a rich imagination). It stands by the sea and as if the whole consists of individual elements, topped with large, and sometimes simply gigantic figures. Following the rules of perspective, the viewer is led into the distance by a long road, bounded on both sides by walls. A low wide wall protects the city from the sea, and from the side of the buildings it becomes high, thin and figured.
The road begins in two huge figures, vaguely reminiscent of classic, but in fact consisting of many disparate and extremely strange details. The left figure, facing the viewer, holds a long arrow in his hands. She is strangely and unnaturally turned out, and half of her naked body is hidden by an incomprehensible shapeless cape made using decalcomania technique, like many other details of the picture. The face of the woman is not visible, it is hidden under the attire, and it seems that her head has an extremely high pointed headdress like medieval Gennin. The right figure is also naked, her face is depicted in profile, but her head is as if enveloped in flames, in which another strange figure is seen.
All along the way, various strange objects are scattered, which creates the feeling of not that fast escape under some terrible threat, or the consequences of a no less terrible natural disaster. Oddly enough, the delicate pastel gamut not only does not soften the frightening impression left by the painting, but also aggravates it.
Located far away buildings have a stepped conical shape. They are crowned with large statues in which it is possible with a certain stretch to identify the figures of the Buddha, the ancient Greek Sphinx, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Statue of Liberty and even the silhouette of the Eiffel Tower. This picture gives everyone the opportunity to test their own imagination.
Other paintings by Max Ernst
Woman, old man and flower
King playing with the queen
Robe of the bride
Two children are threatened by a nightingale
People will not know anything
Watch the video: Talks & Lectures. Leonora Carrington's Portrait of Max Ernst (April 2020).