Salvador DalíMetamorphosis of Narcissus 1937

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Artist
Salvador Dalí (1904‑1989)
Title
Metamorphosis of Narcissus
Métamorphose de Narcisse
Date 1937
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 511 x 781 mm frame: 820 x 1092 x 85 mm
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Acquisition Purchased 1979
Reference
T02343

Summary

This painting is Dalí's interpretation of the Greek myth of Narcissus. Narcissus was a youth of great beauty who loved only himself and broke the hearts of many lovers. The gods punished him by letting him see his own reflection in a pool. He fell in love with it, but discovered he could not embrace it and died of frustration. Relenting, the gods immortalised him as the narcissus (daffodil) flower. For this picture Dalí used a meticulous technique which he described as 'hand-painted colour photography' to depict with hallucinatory effect the transformation of Narcissus, kneeling in the pool, into the hand holding the egg and flower… (read more)

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