Max Ernst: "Europe After the Rain"

Here is one of my favorite paintings from the artist Max Ernst:


The painting is entitled, “Europe after the Rain” (click on the image for an enlargement) and employs Ernst’s famous ‘frottage’ technique in which Ernst would lay weathered wood, rough stone, etc., under his canvas while painting, which would create textures in the paint. He would then continue on with glazes and layers — the end effect is satonishing, especially in the originals (which I was lucky enough to see several years ago).

Great, really evocative and haunting stuff.



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