The Eye of Silence  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Les Yeux du silence (1943-1944, English: The Eye of Silence) is a oil painting by German surrealist Max Ernst. Also known as L'oeil du silence (The Eye of Silence), it is housed at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

"The painting is a view of what appears to be a calm, reflective lake surrounded by green and brown shapes that simultaneously suggest foliage, stone ruins, and natural rock formations. In the right foreground sits a sphinx-like human figure; the background sky is filled with dark, ominous clouds. Marked by a frozen, poetic, even eerie sensibility, Ernst's painting is meant to be not direct or literal but provocative and suggestive, inciting investigation of symbols, imagery, and emotions stored in the human psyche that the imagery evokes." [1]

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