Aquis submersus, Max Ernst
Max Ernst
Aquis submersus
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Max Ernst

Aquis submersus, 1919


Dimensions
54.0 x 43.8 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1244
Acquisition
Acquired in 1975
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

The world has congealed into a lifeless backdrop. A limbless figure stands in front of a swimming pool; another dives ramrod straight into the water. The night sky appears above the scene like a stage set – an impression strengthened by the hard shadows cast by the prop-like buildings, as well as by the presence of the clock where the moon should be. The act of disappearing from this dreariness allegorises what the Surrealist Max Ernst saw as a rejection of the rational world. In his art he was intensely concerned with the unconscious part of the psyche, symbolised by water.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Aquis submersus
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: Max Ernst
Bezeichnet unten rechts: Aquis submersus

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acquired in 1975

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions
Associated Source
  • Storm, Theodor, Aquis submersus

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31AA545 taking a bath - AA - in the open air
  • 31A11 standing figure (canon, proportions)
  • 41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings
  • 23R14 night
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02.12.2019