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Artist of the Day - Salvador Dali : RowlandsModernArt.com
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Artist of the Day – Salvador Dali

| June 20, 2012 | Comments

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Salvador Dali was part of the Surrealism movement and was started as a political movement which had a profound effect on art, photography, and film.  It was influenced by the work of Freud and its aim was to uncover the subconscious, using dreamlike imagery that challenged perceptions of reality.

 One of the Greatest Religious Painting of the 20th Century

The Salvador Dali masterpiece Christ of St John of the Cross first went on show at Kelvingrove on 23rd June 1952

Since then it has been arousing admiration, criticism and controversy.  This stunning piece of work has been painted as if it was from Gods angle and it it is rather calm and peaceful.  People have tried to attack this picture and it has been restored back to its former glory. Its a vision of heaven from the earth.

The famous Christ pictures above is at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG
0141 276 9599
museums@glasgowlife.org.uk
Text Phone:  0141 276 9500
Fax: 0141 276 9540

Dali brought his fantasies and visions to life with a meticulous painting technique.  Dali was a an artists who observers the landscape in detail and watch the shadows bounce off rocks.

The well-known surrealist piece introduced the image of the soft melting pocket watch. It epitomizes Dalí’s theory of “softness” and “hardness”, which was central to his thinking at the time. As Dawn Ades wrote, “The soft watches are an unconscious symbol of the relativity of space and time, a Surrealist meditation on the collapse of our notions of a fixed cosmic order”. This interpretation suggests that Dalí was incorporating an understanding of the world introduced byAlbert Einstein‘s Special Theory of Relativity. Asked by Ilya Prigogine whether this was in fact the case, Dalí replied that the soft watches were not inspired by the theory of relativity, but by the surrealist perception of a Camembert cheesemelting in the sun.

Although fundamentally part of Dalí’s Freudian phase, the imagery precedes his transition to his scientific phase by fourteen years, which occurred after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

 

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