Surreal getting real

Standing Ovation, Seated

This is The King Playing the Queen by Max Ernst, made in 1944 in the US.

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It was shown at the recent Paris exhibition, but I wonder why the curators didn’t present the whole story.

Max Ernst was living in the US at the time, with his wife, Dorothea Tanning, They were a happy couple, as evidenced by this photo – even with their backs against each other:

Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning, photo by Lee Miller, 1947

They were both artists, and they both loved playing chess:

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He created the wooden set in the picture to reflect symbolic meanings of chess pieces and the game, overall. It was a long process, with a lot of drawings, and clay models he was perfecting along the way.

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His wooden pieces were later made in glass.

A chess player, who is accustomed to watching the board from above, may find extra enjoyment in…

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