Gallery Talk: Europe after the Rain

December 10, 2022
2 pm

Join Sabine Eckmann, William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator, for a discussion of The Endless Night by Max Ernst, a painting on long-term loan from the Parker Foundation, on view until spring 2023.

Painted in 1940 just before Max Ernst fled fascist Europe, The Endless Night belongs to a loose group of artworks in which Ernst visualized nightmarish and ghostly otherworlds suggestive of Europe’s political and cultural destruction during World War II. These apocalyptic topographies evoke devastation, violence, and war—partly through abstracted spongy, porous, and fragmented elements, and partly through crisp renditions of monsters, fossils, and surreal creatures in flux. 

Image credit

Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976), The Endless Night, 1940. Oil on canvas, 24 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. Courtesy of the Parker Foundation. Photo courtesy of Nredrik Nilsen. With permission from a private collector. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.