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The 515 Artworks of Max Ernst

Max Ernst - Europe after the Rain IIEurope after the Rain IIMax Ernst

Medium of war, Max Ernst. Europe After the Rain remains his pullulating masterpiece, in which emotional desolation, physical exhaustion, and fears of the destructive power of total warfare combine - after the rain of fire, the biblical deluge, and the reign of terror. The title dates back to an earl...

Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, United States)
Max Ernst - Of This Men Shall Know NothingOf This Men Shall Know NothingMax Ernst

Ernst studied philosophy and psychology in Bonn and was interested in the alternative realities experienced by the insane. This painting may have been inspired by the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s study of the delusions of a paranoiac, Daniel Paul Schreber. Freud identified Schreber’s fantasy of bec...

Tate Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Max Ernst - Oedipus RexOedipus RexMax Ernst

Oedipus Rex is a reference to Sigmund Freud’s famous psychoanalytic theory of Oedipus Complex which describes an individual’s relationship with their sexual desires, noting that we fear what we wish and we desire what we fear. The painting has intense sexual references, the first that we notice is t...

Max Ernst - Snow FlowersSnow FlowersMax Ernst

'Although Grandma Moses was always open to new challenges, she resisted attempts by outsiders to dictate to her in terms of style or subject matter. ''Someone has asked me to paint Biblical pictures,'' she once noted, ''and I say no, I'll not paint something that we know nothing about; might just as...