German artist Max Ernst’s alter-ego wasn’t a gender variant or tormented doppelgänger. It was a familiar, a Freudian metaphor, a… bird. Ernst was fascinated with the feathered kind and the significance of their flight, the symbolic, total freedom of it. Birds were a motif throughout his paintings since the ’30s. Well, one specific bird with the most awesome name — Loplop. It even sounds cheery and unburdened, doesn’t it?