At one glance the spectator sees a desolate beach; at another a face; at another a footed dish filled with pears; and again a profile of a dog. These images are fragmented further: the dog's collar becomes a bridge, his head a hill. The instability of appearances fascinated Dali who sought to evoke the world of the unconscious by creating these "multi-valent" images. The meticulously rendered objects and fragments make the metamorphoses and unexpected juxtapositions of the objects even more startling.
Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989)
Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach, 1938-1939
Oil on canvas, 45 x 56 5/8 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1939.269
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Available in an 11 x 14 in. matted print or 24 x 32 in.
Matted size: 11 x 14 in., Image size: 7 ½ x 9 ½ in.
Paper size: 24 x 32 in., Image size: 20 1/4 x 26 in.