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At the Met :: Max Ernst – Gala Éluard


Gala Éluard

I saw her eyes, and then I read the plaque next to this 1924 oil on canvas:

The Russian Gala Éluard (born Helena Dmitriovna Diakonova; 1894-1982) was closely affiliated with Surrealist movement for most of her adult life.  She served as a muse for two husbands, first the poet Paul Éluard (1895-1952), then the artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989).  When Max Ernst moved to Paris in 1922, he lived with the Éluard in a ménage à trois until 1924.  At the end of his affair with Gala, Ernst evoked the eyes of his former mistress in this painting, which is based on a photograph by Man Ray taken before 1924.

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September 7, 2009 8:47 pm

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