- Author: Max Ernst
- Museum: Tate Gallery
- Year: 1923 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
People do not know - Max Ernst. 1923. Oil on canvas. 80.3 x 63.8 cm
The expressed sexual implication of this picture is a reflection of the free-thinking that held the minds at that time. Today, this canvas looks quite modest and restrained, but in the 20s it was a real “slap in the face of public opinion”.
If some of the images in the picture can be clearly identified (man, woman, blanket, moon, night, hand of a hidden ruler pulling the strings of sexual attraction), then the remaining elements are a pure mystery, a spacious field for a wild fantasy of looking at the canvas.
The rich blue background of the picture with a smooth transition from light to deep velvet can be easily associated with the atmosphere, and therefore the very being of humanity. The image acquires a deeper philosophical meaning than it seems at first glance. It is impossible not to note the contrast and expressiveness of the picture, where every detail has a clear form and ideally written outlines. For the same purpose, open, local colors are used almost without semitones, because of which the whole work seems written in gouache or tempera, and not oil.
The picture is interesting because everyone looking at it sees different images. They are born in his brain under the influence of an image and life experience.
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.
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