Two children are threatened by the nightingale - Max Ernst. Oil on wood, with wooden elements
In this picture, Ernst is literally trying to go beyond the limits of the picturesque plane. The image consists of a surreal motif directly written on a wooden board, as well as a number of volumetric elements made of wood and plastic. The figured voluminous frame of the picture does not limit its size, but becomes an organic part of the image, which also includes relief details of a strange building, growing into an abstract long wall, curved in a semicircle, as well as a gate that opens to nowhere and leads to nothing.
Also an expressive detail of the picture is the call button located outside the image itself. To it, going beyond the limits of its space (or dimension), a figure stretches, only remotely appearing to a person. She is abstract and symbolic, in her arms is a small child. The second child, a girl, either runs in horror from the kidnapper, or just runs cheerfully and plays under a high multi-layer sky.
The menacing nightingale claimed in the title is just a tiny figure in the sky. Why and why is this peaceful songbird can threaten children, what exactly does this threat consist of and what was the author guided by, calling the picture this way? Guess for yourself, because this is the essence of the surrealistic direction in art.