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Long Live Love or Charming Country

Artist
Max Ernst, French (born Germany), 1891–1976
Date
1923
Material
Oil on canvas
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 210
Dimensions
51 3/4 x 38 5/8 in. (131.4 x 98.1 cm)
framed: 58 1/16 x 45 1/16 x 3 1/4 in. (147.5 x 114.5 x 8.3 cm)
Credit Line
Bequest of Morton D. May
Rights
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY / ADAGP, Paris
Object Number
885:1983
NOTES
A male and female nude are intertwined within a form resembling a hollow tree trunk. Smaller tree stumps are spread through a strange, bare landscape. Max Ernst painted this image soon after moving to Paris from his native Germany in the early 1920s. He lived in a ménage à trois relationship with poet Paul Éluard and their partner Gala, who may be the figures depicted in this work. It is unclear whether the couple is passionately embracing or suffocating in claustrophobic proximity.
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