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Max Ernst ~ “Two Children Are Threatened by a Nightingale”, 1924

Made in 1924, the year of Surrealism’s founding, Ernst described this work as “the last consequence of his [sic] early collages—and a kind of farewell to a technique…” (Dada).  He later gave two possible autobiographical references for the nightingale: the death of his sister in 1897, and a fevered hallucination he recalled in which the wood grain of a panel near his bed took on “successively the aspect of an eye, a nose, a bird’s head, a menacing nightingale, a spinning top, and so on.” <source>