Salvador DalíAutumnal Cannibalism 1936

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Artist
Salvador Dalí (1904‑1989)
Title
Autumnal Cannibalism
Date 1936
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 651 x 651 mm frame: 898 x 899 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1975
Reference
T01978

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Painted just after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, this work shows a couple locked in a cannibalistic embrace. They are pictured on a table-top, which merges into the earthy tones of a Spanish landscape in the background. The conflict between countrymen is symbolised by the apple balanced on the head of the male figure, which refers to the legend of William Tell, in which a father is forced to shoot at his son.

August 2004

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