The king playing with the queen is Max Ernst. 1954
Max Ernst is one of the most interesting artists of the 20th century with original and original thinking. Particularly interesting is his sculptural composition “The King Playing with the Queen”.
This work continues the chess theme raised by the master at this time. Before Ernst's sculpture, several sets of avant-garde chess were created, the motifs of which are repeated in The King. These are stylized and abstract geometric figures in which, however, classic chess pieces are easily recognized.
The symbolism of chess was repeatedly used in art and literature, but only Max Ernst managed to concentrate so much sense in a laconic sculpture group. In “The King Playing with the Queen,” each person can see a wide variety of references to both ancient knowledge and information that is current and relevant.
The most interesting is the central figure of the composition. King, Architect of the Universe, Lord God, Satan, the mysterious alien with the Teutonic horns or the crescent moon of Diana the Huntress - choose for yourself with whom this image is associated with you. A “robotic” square face, devoid of human features, a flat torso without sex, long thin limbs is an abstract image of Eternity, playing the chess game of life on the board of logical concepts.
In sculpture, everything is symbolic, even the name. You might think that royal people play chess, but the Queen here is a chess queen, made on a larger scale than other pieces. And here lies a subtle hint - the Queen is more important than simple "mortal" chess pieces, but immeasurably smaller than the King, who personifies power - human, divine, natural, supernatural. Ernst's genius is manifested in the way he managed to reflect so many philosophical concepts in a restrained composition and put a multilayered deep meaning into the sculpture.