Nature at Dawn (La nature à l‘aurore), Max Ernst
Max Ernst
Nature at Dawn (La nature à l‘aurore)
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Max Ernst

Nature at Dawn (La nature à l‘aurore), 1936


Dimensions
25.0 x 35.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1247
Acquisition
Acquired in 1977
Status
On display

Texts

About the Work

An erotically charged scene of pursuit: coming from the left, an anthropomorphous bird creature elbows its way through a jungle-like thicket. Its goal is the naked female figure crouching in the bottom right corner of the picture. The painting addresses the subject of art itself - the erotic inspiration of the creative process and the immersing of the self in another sphere. In the works of Max Ernst, the forest stands not only for the world as such, for nature and its dark sides; it also stands for its aesthetic transformation and recreation. The phantom figure of the bird represents the alter ego of the artist.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Nature at Dawn (La nature à l‘aurore)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: Max Ernst

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1977

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 29 surrealia, surrealistic representations
  • 2 Nature
  • 13A13 meeting one's other self, 'alter ego'
  • 82B(LOPLOP) fictional animals, plants, objects, etc. (LOPLOP)
  • 92L32(ECHO) single named nymphs: Echo
  • 25FF3 fabulous animals ~ birds
  • 25G plants; vegetation
Secondary
  • 25H landscapes

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14.10.2019