Max Ernst. The Nymph Echo ( La Nymphe Écho). Paris 1936

Max Ernst

The Nymph Echo ( La Nymphe Écho)

Paris 1936

Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
18 1/4 x 21 3/4" (46.3 x 55.2 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
262.1937
Copyright
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Max Ernst has 235 works  online.
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The diminutive nude female figure in this composition’s upper right is often identified as Echo—a mountain nymph of Greek mythology. Far more dominant, however, is the monstrous green vegetal creature—or is it creatures?—in the foreground. This wildly imaginative, hydra-headed creation may represent Narcissus, whom Echo loved. Famously, Narcissus fell in love with his own beautiful image reflected in a pool and wasted away from unsatisfied desire, whereupon he was transformed into a flower. The various delicately colored floral effusions in Ernst’s painting recall this moment of metamorphosis.

Gallery label from Max Ernst: Beyond Painting, September 23, 2017-January 1, 2018

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1937, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, purchased from the artist.

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