Today, January 23rd marks the 30th anniversary of the passing of Salvador Dalí, an essential figure in #surrealism
His extravagant nature and the fanciful imagery that surrounded both his art and his life made him one of the best known and most controversial twentieth-century artists.
“Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second before Waking", 1944.
The sleeping figure of Gala, Dalí’s wife and muse, floats above a rock in a tranquil marine landscape. Beside her naked body, two drops of water, a pomegranate and a bee are also airborne. Gala’s dream, prompted by the buzzing of the bee, appears in the upper part of the canvas; there, from an exploding pomegranate shoots out a fish, from whose mouth two ferocious tigers emerge together with a bayonet which, one second later, will wake Gala from her restful sleep. Although by 1944 Dalí was already living in America and devoting little time to painting, this canvas marks a return to his ‘paranoiac-critical method.’ His view—based on Freudian theories—that #images
were open to multiple interpretations made him one of the leading members of the #surrealist
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