Artwork Title: At the First Limpid Word - Artist Name: Max Ernst

At the First Limpid Word

Max Ernst, 1923

"Former mural from Paul Éluard’s house in Eaubonne. ...At the same time, the motif of the fingers, which is taken from the illustration of a magic trick, also suggests a woman’s legs crossed—in conjunction with the red berries, an allegory of seduction. Pulling on the other end of the thread is a praying mantis, a symbol of aggressive sexual behavior. The representation, conceived as a magical picture puzzle, originally..."More at http://www.fondationbeyeler.ch/en/exhibitions/max-ernst/works
handfruitpraying mantiswalloil on plaster transferred to canvas

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