Salvador Dalí Autumnal Cannibalism 1936

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Artwork details

Artist
Salvador Dalí 1904–1989
Title
Autumnal Cannibalism
Date 1936
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 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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