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This is an ambivalent painting of cubist artist Pablo Picasso by the surrealist master Salvador Dali produced in the year of 1947. Portrait of Picasso Analysis The surrealist portrait painting of Pablo Picasso by Salvador Dali is infused with symbolic messages and meanings as Dali’s most famous works are. Basically, instead of a direct face, it is a portrait of Picasso’s bust sculpture. The base of the bust is made out of the regular white stone out of which most bust-sculptures are made of. But, the upper part is covered with skin. There is a white flower in the distorted chest of the bust, while a red one, is laying at the feet of the bust. The head is much more distorted than the chest […]

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This is one of the earliest surrealist paintings from Salvador Dali. It was produced in 1929 when Dali was around 25 years old. He had completed his short experiments with Cubism and was getting allured towards the Surrealism which he expanded largely in his later life. The First Days of Spring Analysis There is a large, endless grey platform spreading on all sides visible in the scene. In the middle, the platform lowers itself two steps on the left side. Normal, natural, abnormal, unnatural, dreamy…all types of elements are put on this big plain in arbitrary manner. Some resembles to the real life natural objects, on the other some are very bizarre and somewhat nightmarish. For example, a feminine figure sitting on the lower left […]

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The showcased piece of art is from the Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte. It was painted in 1964. It showcases a simple depiction of a person standing. In background is visible sea, cloudy sky and a low, brick wall. The person has worn an overcoat, with red tie and a bowler hat. Thus the whole composition doesn’t include any fancy stuff. Though, the apparent catch is in the face where right in front of the character’s face is a green apple. As intriguing and unforgivable impact the painting makes on a general audience, the philosophy behind such unique arrangement is also equally interesting. The Son of Man philosophy and Analysis Although, most of the artists do not answer in clear way about the motif of the their […]

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Dali’s paintings always forced us to interpret meanings out of the irrelevant things he put in his paintings. They were sometimes grotesque, sometimes beautiful, dreamy, alien or totally unrelated to the world. But, every painting made sense through Dali’s own symbolism which often represented a subject. Though, the subject could be a message or just a simple depiction of an intriguing muse or something which grabbed Dali’s attention. Melting Watches and Unreal Creature For many critics, The Persistence of Memory is a demonstration of a dream world. It includes all the elements a dream could have. Though, the title itself represents the painting as being a memory fading away after a long time. Or being distorted after considerable time period. Reason for critics to interpret […]

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