A Surrealist Euclid

Euclid (1945). Painter: Max Ernst (1891 – 1976). The Menil Collection (Houston)

This curious portrait of the great mathematician can be seen in the Menil Collection The first proposition in book I of Euclid’s Elements is about the construction of the equilater triangle and this could be the reason why Euclid’s face is something similar to a tetrahedron. German Max Ernst was very impressed by the surfices which he saw i his visit to the Henri Poincaré Institute of Paris and this mathematical discovery opened his mind to include geometrical things in his works. For now, if you ever visit Houston, don not miss the eccentricity of one of the most important Dadaist and Surrealist Masters.
Location: The Menil Collection in Houston (map)

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