Salvador Dalí Mountain Lake 1938

Artwork details

Artist
Salvador Dalí 1904–1989
Title
Mountain Lake
Date 1938
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 730 x 921 mm
frame: 1018 x 1205 x 84 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1975
Reference
T01979

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Mountain Lake demonstrates Dalí’s use of the multiple image: the lake can simultaneously be seen as a fish. By such doubling he sought to challenge rationality. The painting combines personal and public references. His parents visited this lake after the death of their first child, also called Salvador. Dalí seems to have been haunted by the death of his namesake brother whom he never knew. The disconnected telephone brings the image into the present by alluding to negotiations between Neville Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister, and Hitler over the German annexation of the Sudetenland in September 1938.

December 2005

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