The Eye of Silence, 1943-44. Oil on canvas.
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis
For some reason, this is my favorite painting by perhaps my favorite surrealist artist, Max Ernst. Incidentally, I spent part of my childhood in St. Louis, and I'm glad it's home to the painting.
Eye enclosing the theatre at Besancon, c. 1800.
Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris
With devastation, it's uncertain if there is sublimation or if there is schizophrenia of the public panopticon of Ledoux's eye, or both, or a glance from primordiality.
Europe After the Rain, 1940-42. Oil on canvas.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
It has similaries to another favorite, both works made through decalcomania.
Max Ernst (Abrams, 1968)
Max Ernst 1950-1970: The Return of La Belle Jardiniere (Abrams, 1971)
Max Ernst-Loplop: The Artist in the Third Person (George Braziller, 1983)
Max Ernst Frottages (Thames & Hudson, 1986)
Max Ernst: A Retrospective (Prestel, 1991)
Max Ernst: Dada and the Dawn of Surrealism (Prestel, 1993)
Max Ernst: A Retrospective (Yale University Press, 2005)
Max Ernst: Life and Work (Thames & Hudson, 2006)
Max Ernst: Dream and Revolution (Hatje Cantz, 2009)